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"The Portion" is a podcast where Aaron Roller, a curious Orthodox Jew, sits down with his brother-in-law, Rabbi Jonathan Bienenfeld, to discuss the portion of the Torah that is read each week by Jews around the world. The conversation is informal and friendly, but not afraid to delve into the wealth of Jewish wisdom and interpretation. Guests may join to offer their takes on the portion as well.

The Portion Aaron Roller

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 5.0 • 26 Ratings

"The Portion" is a podcast where Aaron Roller, a curious Orthodox Jew, sits down with his brother-in-law, Rabbi Jonathan Bienenfeld, to discuss the portion of the Torah that is read each week by Jews around the world. The conversation is informal and friendly, but not afraid to delve into the wealth of Jewish wisdom and interpretation. Guests may join to offer their takes on the portion as well.

    Ki Tisa: Worse Than A Slippery Slope

    Ki Tisa: Worse Than A Slippery Slope

    In this episode, we are together again and talking about the Sin of the Golden Calf. Was is the id of the Jewish people run amok with their leader missing? Or was it a more high-minded decision that went off the rails? Join us for the discussion. 

    • 26 min
    Tetzaveh: Eternal Flame

    Tetzaveh: Eternal Flame

    A quick solo show on the important of consistency. 

    • 8 min
    Trumah: Let's Build Something Together

    Trumah: Let's Build Something Together

    This week's Torah portion reads like a complicated set of building specs, as G-d presents Moshe with the instructions for building the Tabernacle. We talk about what it means for the Israelites to engage in a construction project following the splitting of the sea and the revelation at Sinai.  

    • 25 min
    Mishpatim: What is Justice?

    Mishpatim: What is Justice?

    In Mishpatim, the Torah seems to take a dramatic turn from narrative into a detailed discussion of Jewish law. How do we explain this change? And how should we think about the way that the word mishpatim is used in Genesis vs. the way it's used in this week's parsha? Join us for the discussion. 

    • 22 min
    Yitro: Delegation & Revelation

    Yitro: Delegation & Revelation

    Something strange about the week's Torah portion, Yitro, is that the greatest divine revelation in human history is preceded by a seemingly unrelated story about Moshe delegating authority and setting up multi-tier courts. On this episode, Aaron wonders why he's so bad at delegating and Rabbi Bienenfeld delves into the details of what makes good leadership. Check it out. 

    • 29 min
    Beshalach: The Circuitous Path to Freedom

    Beshalach: The Circuitous Path to Freedom

    On this week's show, we talk about the difficult path the Israelites had to travel to achieve mental freedom even after they achieved physical liberation. We talk about the contrast between manna and matzoh, changing habits, and the deep lessons of Shabbos. Also, here's a reference to last week's episode in the show notes: http://www.buzzsprout.com/217572/2614090-bo-free-flexible. 

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

smurfanater ,

Really thoughtful

I look forward to listening to The Portion every week. There has never been a week when I haven’t learned something new about the Parsha or thought of something differently than before. The conversation style makes it engaging and easy to listen to.

DBlack519 ,

Wonderful learning experience

This is a wonderful way to learn about the weekly Torah portion. The lecture is informative, but fun to listen to as well. Thee gentlemen are a treat to listen to each week.

Beachboy613 ,

The Portion

Gave additional meaning to an otherwise day without insights. Your brotherly interactions seemed especially appropriate given the content of the Parsha. Looking forward to further inspiration. You may want to consider changing the music.

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