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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Episode 310: Judaism Unbound, Director's Cut - Dan and Lex
Dan and Lex have spoken lately, on Judaism Unbound, with the hosts of a bunch of other podcasts -- podcasts that are not Judaism Unbound. They've asked about the structure of those podcasts, the vision behind them, and the goals they seek to achieve. But what haven't they done? Actually said how they, themselves, would answer those questions for Judaism Unbound. Today, they do just that, and offer a look behind the proverbial curtain of Judaism Unbound.
Episode 309: Podcasts are Oral Torah - Leon Wiener Dow
Leon Wiener Dow is the host of Pod Drash, a Jewish podcast that talks about podcasts. In this episode of Judaism Unbound, he, Dan, and Lex, talk about Pod Drash. Ergo, this is a podcast talking about a podcast that talks about podcasts. If you like podcasts, therefore, you will like this episode -- three times over!
Learn more about Pod Drash by heading to PodDrash.org, and subscribe to PodDrash in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever else you find your podcasts.
Episode 308: We've Got Chutzpod! - Joshua Malina, Shira Stutman
Joshua Malina (yes, THAT Joshua Malina) and Shira Stutman (yes, THAT Shira Stutman) join Dan and Lex for a conversation about their (Joshua and Shira's) entry into the Jewish podcast ecosystem, through their brand new podcast, called Chutzpod!
Learn more about Chutzpod! by heading to Chutzpod.com, and subscribe to Chutzpod in Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podcast & Radio Addict, or wherever else you find your podcasts.
Episode 307: Farming is Jewish - Shani Mink, SJ Seldin
Shani Mink and SJ Seldin are the co-founders of Jewish Farmer Network -- a grassroots organization of over 2000 farmers, which mobilizes Jewish agricultural wisdom to build a more just and regenerative food system for all. They join Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg for a conversation about the Shmita year (year of release), and about how Jews today can combat the pervasive, incorrect idea of "Isn't Jewish farmer an oxymoron?"
Jewish Farmer Network's 2022 conference, entitled "Cultivating Culture: A Virtual Gathering of Jewish Famers," will be taking place via Zoom on two consecutive Sundays -- January 30th and February 6th (spaced out in order to reduce Zoom fatigue). Register for the Jewish Farmer Network's conference via www.jewishfarmernetwork.org/event-details/cultivating-culture-a-virtual-gathering-of-jewish-farmers-2022.
Episode 306: Circumcision -- Ignorance and Bris - Dan and Lex
Dan and Lex close out Judaism Unbound's 4-episode mini-series on Jewish circumcision. They explore, in particular, the treatment by Jewish institutions of families, who have opted not to circumcise their children, and of those children themselves.
Episode 305: The Jewish History of Circumcision - Shaye Cohen
Shaye Cohen, the Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy at Harvard University, joins Dan and Lex for the 3rd conversation in a unit of episodes exploring Jewish circumcision. Their discussion, on the history of Jewish circumcision, from the Hebrew Bible till today, builds on "A Canonical History of Jewish Circumcision," a chapter in Cohen's 2005 book Why Aren't Jewish Women Circumcised: Gender and Covenant in Judaism.
This podcast is exactly what I was looking for to engage in Judaism in the way I’ve always wanted to. Don’t quite have the right words to describe that. You guys have introduced me to so many awesome scholars and orgs, too. Thank you thank you!
This podcast is so important
I found Judaism Unbound a couple years ago and have been desperately trying to catch up since then, I wish I had known about it sooner. Not because I am behind, but because it brings so much life and vibrancy to my thinking on such a broad range of topics and ways of being in the world. I notice that when I don’t listen to JU for a while, I often fall into old traps of “not Jewish enough” or “not doing Jewish right” or “don’t know enough to be really Jewish.” But as 2021 comes to a close I am reflecting on how my belief in those claims directly decreases in proportion to how much I listen to this podcast, and how frequently I can remember that exists as a place to validate such a myriad of ways of being Jewish. I strongly recommend this podcast to anyone feeling the least bit curious, fired up, alienated by, enraged by, in love with, despondent about, indifferent to, etc etc, the Judaisms you have come across, and want to explore a new way in. Thank you Dan and Lex for making a space for so many important conversations.
My aha moment…
I have danced around the idea of Judaism/converting for years. It’s never been completely earnest, in all honesty. Nevertheless, my curiosity has been on the upslope as of late, and then..this. I inadvertently listened to episode 300, and in walks my aha moment. I wasn’t looking for this class or anything, but it found me *right on time*. This particular podcast really shines a spotlight on the broad depth of Judaism, and now I have that “itch” to want to know more, immerse myself, ingest more, etc., and I am very appreciative for this. Hidden gems!