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Madlik – Disruptive Torah thoughts from a post-orthodox Jew with a life-long love and appreciation of Jewish texts and a fresh and sometimes heterodox perspective on their meaning, intent and practical (halachic) implications.

Madlik Podcast – Disruptive Torah Thoughts on Judaism Geoffrey Stern

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Madlik – Disruptive Torah thoughts from a post-orthodox Jew with a life-long love and appreciation of Jewish texts and a fresh and sometimes heterodox perspective on their meaning, intent and practical (halachic) implications.

    Steal This Book

    Steal This Book

    Parshat Nitzavim - Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on September 22nd 2022. The Book of Deuteronomy, also known as Mishna Torah, or the second; Reviewed Torah is drawing to an end and provides us with an opportunity to review some of the Rabbinic Principles that have guided us in the reading of the Five Books of Moses. Starting with the iconic statement that "The Torah is not in Heaven" we realize how the Rabbis began a process of humanizing, maybe even secularizing the Torah in a very radical way…. Almost as though they took the Torah from Heaven. With no apologies to Abbie Hoffman, join us for - Steal this Book.
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/433106
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/09/21/steal-this-book/ 

    • 35 min
    First Fruits - First Prayers

    First Fruits - First Prayers

    Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on September 15th 2022. As we approach the high prayer season we trace the evolution of the oldest prayer preserved in the Torah. The First Fruits Declaration, a once iconic prayer made by a farmer on Shavuot; the Harvest Festival. We see how this prayer was censored, repurposed and reinterpreted up until today and wonder what license it provides to us.
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/431313
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/09/15/first-fruits-first-prayers/ 

    • 38 min
    Remember to Forget

    Remember to Forget

    Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on September 8th 2022. As we approach the Jewish New Year with its emphasis on Zichronot, we ask: what role does memory play in the Torah? Is it for historical accuracy or moral edification? In this week’s parsha we are told to despise some of our foes and others to offer our gratitude. For our arch enemy, Amalek we are told to remember to forget!
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/429450
    Trtanscript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/09/07/remember-to-forget/
     

    • 40 min
    Restore our Judges

    Restore our Judges

    Parshat Shoftim - Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on September 1st 2022. In the same parsha that the Torah concedes to the people’s desire to have a king “like the other nations” it also suggests another leadership model. The Shofet, normally translated as the Judge. We discuss the meaning of Shofet and explore a past and promised age of Shoftim.
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/427752
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/08/31/restore-our-judges/ 

    • 31 min
    A time that never was

    A time that never was

    Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on August 25th 2022. The Torah prohibits us from adding or detracting to its directives and also against rewriting history. It even predicts that there might be a time where our leaders will try to reinvent our past. We discuss.
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/426413
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/08/24/a-time-that-never-was/ 

    • 29 min
    Attitude is Everything

    Attitude is Everything

    Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on August 18th 2022. Much in this parsha relates to the correct and incorrect attitude. The Israelites are described as “stiff necked” and “rebels” (mamrim). They are warned not to attribute their success to their own power and commanded to bless God even when satiated. Finally, they are told that all God wants from them is their fear. We explore the power of disposition and attitude in Jewish thought.
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/425215
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/08/17/attitude-is-everything/ 

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

starbro ,

The best weekly Torah

Distributive Torah is just the beginning of what this podcast adds to my life. Each week listening to Geoffrey and Rabbi Mintz discussing the weekly portion brings new approach and ideas to the known test. It’s the best part of the week and great beginning to shabbat.

oldmanyoungtechie ,

Madlik

I am biased. Geoffrey is my cousin.
But he is a learned man with a passion for Torah study and an unusual background and perspective. He opens up an appreciation of the humaneness and twists and turns of the Text.
He is a great teacher and I always come away with some spark of enlightenment. Thank you Geoffrey for creating Madlik

rwkennedy ,

Interesting podcast even for non-jews.

This podcast is interesting even for a Gentile!

Content and perspective relating to the challenges of applying and adapting tradition and Torah text to modern changes / evolution in culture are especially interesting — like the latest episode on inter-marriage.

Some of the thoughts on dealing and adapting are relevant across the board in multiple contexts: religion / life / business.