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.
The Conversion Factor
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on clubhouse on December 8th 2022. An innocuous reference to a Princess named Timna teaches us a profound lesson regarding accepting potential converts and how critical such a choice can be to the future of Judaism. We are oh so fortunate to be able to explore the lenient opinion of conversion in Rabbinic texts with one of its leading practitioners…. our very own Rabbi Adam Mintz. So join us for The Conversion Factor.
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Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/12/07/the-conversion-factor/
Mother Rachel comes to me
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on December 1st 2022. In a parsha that starts with Jacob having an iconic dream of a ladder joining heaven to the holiest place on earth, we find foreshadowing of the origins and significance of the third holiest site in Judaism; Rachel’s Tomb
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Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/11/30/mother-rachel-comes-to-me/
Lost and Found in Translation
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on Thanksgiving 2022. Isaac and Jacob choose brides from Aram. Aramaic is the chosen legal and liturgical language of the Rabbis and the lingua franca of the Ancient world. Why is Laban vilified and should we slander or offer our gratitude to the Arameans?
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Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/11/23/lost-found-in-translation/
Circumspect about Circumcision
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi recorded on Clubhouse on November 17th 2022. With Akedat Yitzchak (the Sacrifice of Isaac) still on our minds we look at Brit Milah from a fresh perspective and review the meaning, function and maybe even contemporary sensibilities regarding circumcision.
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Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/11/16/circumspect-about-circumcision/
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded November 10th 2022 on Clubhouse. We look at the Binding of Isaac and wonder whether Abraham passed or failed this test. What possible lessons are to be learnt from this narrative other than blind faith and obedience. Finally, we are puzzled why Abraham confronts God over Sodom and confronts Sarah over sending away Ishmael but remains silent when it comes to sacrificing his son.
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Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/11/09/unbinding-isaac/
Call me Ishmael
Join Geoffrey Stern and Rabbi Adam Mintz recorded on Clubhouse on November 3rd 2022. We discover that when the younger son Isaac is chosen, the older son Ishmael’s banishment in some way endears him to his father and latter Rabbinic and Muslim commentators. By being rejected Ishmael may actually provide an alter ego of the Jewish people. We will discuss…
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Transcript on episode web page: https://madlik.com/2022/11/02/call-me-ishmael/
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.
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
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.