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Akiva Weisinger goes through the Jewish Library telling who the heck is that guy, what he does, and when you'd use his book. Come for the Torah, stay for the Ibn Ezra jokes. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/misfit-torah/support

Misfit Torah Akiva Weisinger

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Akiva Weisinger goes through the Jewish Library telling who the heck is that guy, what he does, and when you'd use his book. Come for the Torah, stay for the Ibn Ezra jokes. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/misfit-torah/support

    Seforno: On Embracing Your Context

    Seforno: On Embracing Your Context

    Binaries are proposed and rejected. The author's alma mater is briefly mentioned. Italians' rationality is defended. Historical headcanons are proposed. Context is continuously provided. Quotes are read in a haughty voice. Aesthetics become spiritual, but are clumsily explained. The limits of ethical apologetics are pondered.  The ability to step outside one's context is questioned, both practically and prescriptively. 


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    • 53 min
    Abravanel: The First Modern Biblical Commentator

    Abravanel: The First Modern Biblical Commentator

    Part 10 of the "Who the Heck is that Guy" series. Modernity is discussed, existence is pondered, paths around the sun are considered. Comparisons to hit musicals are made, prolific writing is marveled at, our protagonist rapidly gain power and just as rapidly loses it, rabbinic jokes are made and explained, the utility of questions is explained lines to the American Revolution are drawn, revolutionary zeal is pondered. 


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    • 53 min
    Medieval Roundup:

    Medieval Roundup:

    Part 9 of the "Who The Heck is that Guy" series

    Akiva wraps up the unit on medieval commentators with a roundup of commentators that are important but didn't get their own episode. Authors are thanked and remembered. Listeners are urged to read. Saadia Gaon is called a badass. Mahari Kara's name is mispronounced, maybe. Bechor Shor's astuteness is applauded. Radak is complimented as boring. Ibn Kaspi's character is pondered. Rabbeinu Bahya's role model is revealed. Mental flowcharts are explicated. Promises about future episodes are made. 


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    • 52 min
    In Defense of a Larger Toolbox: The Zohar and Mystical Biblical Commentary, Part 8 of the "Who The Heck is That Guy?" Series

    In Defense of a Larger Toolbox: The Zohar and Mystical Biblical Commentary, Part 8 of the "Who The Heck is That Guy?" Series

    The Zohar is discussed. Stories of young firebrands getting shut down are told. Hearts are warmed. Things get a little raunchy. The limits of rationalism are probed. The word "theosophy" presents some trouble. Promised edits never arrive. The significance of sea monsters is discussed. Gaps appear between vocabulary and pronunciation. Davidic improprieties are pondered. Communal priorities are thought over. Paths forwards are hesitantly pointed towards.


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    What I Know vs. What I Believe: The Ralbag and Rationalist Commentary

    What I Know vs. What I Believe: The Ralbag and Rationalist Commentary

    The relationship between religion and truth is pondered. The Ralbag is introduced. A joke about Maimonidean esotericism is clumsily made. An article is promoted. Stories are rationalized, naturalized, and reinterpreted. The podcast becomes PG-13. Some wacky comments of The Ralbag are read. Light misogyny and body shaming is awkwardly handled. Death stares become literal. Exhortations to never give up are made. 


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Baal Haturim: The Shallow End of the Pool

    The Baal Haturim: The Shallow End of the Pool

    The Baal Haturim is discussed, and defended. Our host's origin story is recounted. Codes are explained. Diagrams are needed but not provided. Names of siblings are revealed and interpreted.

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Joshy2sneakers ,

Outstanding

Eye opening, informative, humorous, intricate. Waiting impatiently for season 2

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Out of the box yeshiva guy

This a phenomenal and necessary podcast

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BEST

Rabbi Akiva Weisinger is the best podcast host. I say this completely and totally objectively.

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