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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 • 14 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.

    Jewish Identity - Nature or Nurture

    Jewish Identity - Nature or Nurture

    Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse. This week we start the fourth Book of the Torah and it is also my grandson Ari’s Bar Mitzvah. As the Torah quantifies and qualifies its members, there is nothing new with the emphasis on the genetic lineage of the tribes. What is surprising, is a strategically placed Rabbinic comment that whoever teaches Torah to another, Scripture regards it as though he had given birth to him. So, what is Ari celebrating… his membership in the tribe or his choice to be reborn as a student of Moshe Rabenu and his teachings. In short, is it Nature or Nurture?
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/569859 
     
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2024/06/05/jewish-identity-nature-or-nurture/ 

    • 31 min
    DIASPORA

    DIASPORA

    Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded live on Clubhouse. God threatens to scatter the Israelites among the nations. The Septuagint, in its Greek translation, coins a new word, maybe a new concept. A Greek word used, not for migrants but to reference a people who identify with a specific geographic location, but currently reside elsewhere. The word is Diaspora, a seminal concept in Judaism and a word that has spawned such concepts as alienation, ethnicity, repatriation and redemption. Modern day Diaspora Studies may ignore the Jews but Disapora may lie at the heart of what is the enigma of the Jews…
    Sefaria source sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/567783 
    Transcript on episdode web page: https://madlik.com/2024/05/29/diaspora/ 

    • 35 min
    Times for Torah

    Times for Torah

    Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse. This week’s parsha is Behar, which means “at the Mountain”. While Rabbi Mintz is not at the Mountain, he is in Israel and will share impressions of his recent visit to the only Haredi Hesder Yeshiva. The Talmud suggests that we set aside specific times for Torah study and we will use the Sabbatical year referenced in the parsha to focus on different ways that our tradition has offered for integrating study into civil society and military service.
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/566480
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2024/05/22/times-for-torah/ 

    • 36 min
    Ki ba moed – the time has come

    Ki ba moed – the time has come

    Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse. 
    We usually think of Tishrei and the Fall as a marathon of Jewish holidays, but if you count Rabbinic and Israeli holidays, the seven weeks of Spring win the holiday race with ease. Pesach, Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha’atzmut, Pesach Sheni, Lag ba’Omer, Yom Yerushalyim and Shavuot. We use Leviticus 23 which has the most complete summary of Biblical holidays to explore the dynamic of adding new holidays and adding meaning to existing holidays.
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/564540 
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2024/05/14/ki-ba-moed-the-time-has-come/ 

    • 32 min
    Yom Hazikaron - a conversation with Menachem Bombach

    Yom Hazikaron - a conversation with Menachem Bombach

    Join Geoffrey Stern, Rabbi Adam Mintz and special guest Rabbi Menachem Bombach recorded on Clubhouse. This year Yom Hazikaron; Israeli Memorial Day, will be different for many reasons and from many perspectives. We invite Rabbi Menachem Bombach, a maverick visionary in the Haredi community to join us for a conversation about the meaning, history and halachic significance of this day for Israelis in general and for the ultra-Orthodox in particular.
    Sefaria Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/563501 
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2024/05/08/yom-hazikaron/ 

    • 35 min
    Life comes first

    Life comes first

    This week’s parsha is Acharei Mot.. literally; After Death. From Rabbinic Judaism up until the present, we Jews “Choose Life”. Was it always so? Was it so obvious? Is it the secret sauce of Jewish survival? And…. Is it at the core of the current conflict? So many questions and only half an hour. Join us for Life Comes First recorded live on Clubhouse.
    Source Sheet: www.sefaria.org/sheets/561608 
    Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2024/05/01/life-comes-first/ 

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

MLandau08 ,

Madlik Podcast - 6 stars

Madlik podcast lights the way to a deeper and richer understanding of Judaism, Judaic practices and its relation to the greater world. The host with the most, Geoffrey Stern, is a deep thinker with a unique background who can effortlessly straddle the secular, religious, Israely and philanthropic worlds to provide the listener with an experience impossible to receive elsewhere. Forget those other ”same old” podcasts and start tuning in. Am Yisrael Chai!
Moshe

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

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