Welcome to the short-form Jewish explainer podcast. One big question each episode. With answers that have integrity and inspiration, and the stories behind the questions. And always where to turn next to learn more. All in around 30 minutes or less.
Is Judaism a Religion? (Part II)
What happens when a revolutionary Jewish thinker - fed up with his lower status as a Jew in 1700s Prussia - wants people to start thinking about Judaism in a new way?
And what happens when a Christian theologian has a very different idea?
Who gets to decide what counts as “religion,” and how that should shape our understanding of how Judaism can be meaningful in our lives?
In Part II of this episode, we reach the conclusion of figuring out: can we even call Judaism a religion?
Is Judaism a Religion? (Part I)
Turns out we actually aren’t entirely sure how to define “religion.” And we’re not even sure if Judaism fits the description to begin with. If we’re using the lens of “religion” to understand Judaism, what is the nature of that lens? How does its clarity and focus affect what we’re looking at? Is it magnifying or distorting things? When we use that lens, what are we seeing, and what are we not seeing? And who built that lens? Can we even call Judaism a religion?
The 1,200 Year Old Question
1,200 years ago, one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world asked a question. It was a question that would reverberate through history, and still impact us today. What does this simple act teach us about the role of questions and answers in Judaism, and how Jewish practice works and evolves across space and time?
A short-form explanatory Jewish podcast, with expansive questions and diverse commentary.
One big Jewish question each episode. With answers that have integrity and inspiration.
And always where to turn next to learn more. All in under 30 minutes each.
Engaging and Inspiring
What a great new offering of a Jewish podcast! Paikin delivers on his promise - a beautifully scored, engaging and thorough take on fundamental Jewish questions, leaving you feeling more educated and hungry for more. Yasher Koach!
This was such a pleasure to listen to - I’ll be recommending it to my students and friends!
Beautifully produced, insightful podcast!
Rabbi Jesse Paikin’s beautifully produced, insightful podcast is the perfect weekly listen to settle in and get ready for Shabbat! Highly recommend!