Holy....! Each week we'll discuss an episode of "The Good Place" along with a Jewish text or idea or two that relates to the theme of the episode. Hosted by Jon Spira-Savett, rabbi and lover of great TV comedy and ethical philosophy, along with different co-hosts who teach Judaism and Torah and are smart and funny. We may not be as funny as "The Good Place" itself, but we channel our own inner Chidis and Janets, as well as our Eleanors and Michaels and Tahanis and Jasons. Subscribe now, check in at tovgoodplace.com, and follow us at @tovgoodplace or on Facebook!
Chapter 7: Lying
On “The Good Place”, it’s the classic lying episode, and on the podcast Jon and Rebecca jump off from the Talmud’s analysis of white lies to talk about truth and relationships, how and when we tell people important truths, and how truth emerges between people not just by telling. Find complete show notes for the episode here!
Chapter 6: Promises
On “The Good Place”, Eleanor tries both to keep and not keep her promises to Michael — and on the podcast, Jon and Dan trade stories of dog-watching gone wrong and explore why promising is such a big, Yom-Kippur-level matter in Judaism. Find complete show notes for the episode here!
Chapter 5: To Measure or Not to Measure
On “The Good Place” Eleanor is excited when she is polite for the first time without thinking, Tahani’s philanthropy doesn't score enough points with her parents or the algorithm, and Chidi doesn’t find pleasure in doing the most good. So on the podcast Jon has his first stomach ache and Sari Laufer (new rabbi on the team) helps us think more about where measuring goodness does and doesn’t make sense. Oh, and where intellectual vs. sensual pleasure fits in! Find complete show notes for the episode here!
Chapter 4: Be Yourself?
On “The Good Place” Eleanor wants Jason to keep playing Jianyu while they figure things out but Jason wants to be himself, and on the podcast Jon Spira-Savett and Rebecca Rosenthal (rabbis!) discuss what it means for your inside and your outside to be aligned. Find complete show notes for the episode here!
Chapter 3: Who Is Your Teacher?
On “The Good Place” Michael tries to guide Chidi and Janet toward new things, but it’s Eleanor who finds unexpected inspiration because of Tahani. So on the podcast, Jon Spira-Savett and Audrey Marcus Berkman explore reincarnation Jewish-style and who the teacher you need turns out to be. Find complete show notes for the episode here!
Chapter 2: Does Study Lead to Change?
On “The Good Place” Chidi assesses whether or not to help Eleanor, and on the podcast Jon Spira-Savett and Dan Ross (still rabbis!) discuss how teshuvah begins and whether studying philosophy or Torah or anything can help you become a better person. Find complete show notes for the episode here!
Really interesting discussions about each episode of The Good Place TV show. I'm hooked on both the show and the podcast, both are excellent!