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Listen in as Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg analyze pressing issues for 21st century American Judaism. Mixing their own analysis with interviews of leading thinkers, practitioners, and even "regular Jews," Dan and Lex look to push past the bounds of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

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Listen in as Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg analyze pressing issues for 21st century American Judaism. Mixing their own analysis with interviews of leading thinkers, practitioners, and even "regular Jews," Dan and Lex look to push past the bounds of what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.

You can support Judaism Unbound at www.JudaismUnbound.com/donate.

    Episode 229: Primary Experience - Dan and Lex

    Episode 229: Primary Experience - Dan and Lex

    Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg reflect on recent episodes of Judaism Unbound, touching on topics ranging from Jewish t-shirts, to psychedelics, to intersectionality, along with asking questions about what the terms “rabbi” and “antisemitism” should and should not connote moving forward.

    • 51 min
    Episode 228: The Cannabis Rabbi - James Kahn

    Episode 228: The Cannabis Rabbi - James Kahn

    James Kahn, an ordained rabbi who works as the National Outreach Director for Holistic Industries (one of the largest privately-held cannabis operators in the United States) joins Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg to talk about the relationship between cannabis and Judaism.

    • 48 min
    Episode 227: The Power of Ritual - Casper ter Kuile

    Episode 227: The Power of Ritual - Casper ter Kuile

    Casper ter Kuile, co-founder of Sacred Design Lab and author of the book The Power of Ritual (coming out June 23rd), joins Dan and Lex to talk about what rituals are, even, and why they can potentially be powerful in our lives.

    • 56 min
    Episode 226: Resting the Land - Nati Passow

    Episode 226: Resting the Land - Nati Passow

    Nati Passow, the Assistant Professor of sustainable food systems at Temple University and past executive director of the Jewish Farm School (of blessed memory), joins Dan and Lex for a conversation about biblical frameworks of sabbatical and jubilee. Together they explore what these ideas might have to teach us in the 21st century about how Judaism and food justice intertwine.

    • 46 min
    Episode 225: Jewish Psychedelics - Zac Kamenetz

    Episode 225: Jewish Psychedelics - Zac Kamenetz

    Zac Kamenetz, an educator, rabbi, and aspiring healer who enrolled in a Johns Hopkins study to give clergy members high doses of psilocybin (a psychedelic compound), joins Dan and Lex for a conversation about mysticism, entheogens (psychedelic substances), and the future of Judaism.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Episode 224: A New Sinai - Dan and Lex

    Episode 224: A New Sinai - Dan and Lex

    Dan and Lex, in a conversation released one day early as prep for the festival of Shavuot, use that holiday as a jumping-off point into an exploration of how we might go about building new Judaism(s) in 2020 and beyond.

    • 48 min

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4.7 out of 5
255 Ratings

255 Ratings

KTP Denver ,

Fascinating insights

Love having a place for learning about Jewish innovative practices. Very inspiring and practical!

truegriffinforever ,

Jewish adaptations

Still wanted to leave a comment that you are my favorite Jewish podcast still! Love how in-depth your team is going into each subject.

My second reason for leaving a review is because I’m finding the need for adaptation within Jewish practice very relevant right now with the spread of the corona virus. My shul just shut down Saturday Shabbat services, sent out a video of our shpiel and other unusual practices. Perhaps you guys are thinking about this but thought I would bring it up. Thanks for al the work you do!

Gracie N ,

Suddenly my favorite podcast

Such inspiring and provocative conversations that touch on what it is to be a person, to form intentional community, to brave a changing world with an understanding of the past that envisions a future both intentional and flexible. I’m glad I started listening late in the game because any day I want to be inspired to new thoughts and action, I have hundreds of episodes to choose from. I’m a two-years-in-the-making Jewish convert, and of all the material I’ve sought out in this time (books, podcasts, and more), Judaism Unbound shines brightest. Not only do I learn so much about the Jewish world and Jewish ways of thinking both cultural and spiritual - I feel welcome to participate and engage with these ideas and communities. Everything Dan, Lex, and their guests discuss truly inspires me and I hungrily listen every chance I get.

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