TanakhCast: The Real Feelings in Empire Strikes Back Edition!

2204535-empire_vader_beckons_lIn this week’s episode: Exodus 37-40.  We conclude Exodus with a fanciful reconsideration of it as the middle installment of the Torah trilogy and how Joss Whedon would have probably hated its ending too.

ICYMI, here’s Emily Asher-Perrin’s piece on The Empire Strikes Back and how it ruined trilogies as well as Joss Whedon’s hating on Empire‘s ending.


TanakhCast: The Chicken and Milk Edition!

happy-chickenIn this week’s episode: Exodus 33-36.  We explore one of the more obscure yet significant commandments in the daily diets of traditional Jews and how a simple sign on my front lawn might not be enough to ward off folks from falling into my sinkhole.  Also, listening to this episode while baking will guarantee leavening as it lasts 18 minutes and three seconds!


TanakhCast: The Moral Cowardice of the Prime Directive Edition!

Prime-DirectiveIn this week’s episode: Exodus 29-32.  We consider what happens after Moshe is shamelessly late and the person who is supposed to be in charge (read: Aharon) confronts demands for a Golden Calf.  And we regard what it means to “pursue peace” as Hillel (inspired by Aharon) does when similarly confronted by bad behaviour and whether all this “peace pursuing” is not just a sleazy dodge.

And if that’s not enough, TanakhCast is also on Soundcloud!


TanakhCast: The Lux et Veritas Edition!

Yale_University_Shield_1.svgIn this week’s episode: Exodus 25-28.  We explore the Dwelling, God’s residence and all the design elements necessary to heighten curb appeal and resale value.  We also look at the High Priest’s most famous yet most obscure vestment – the Urim veTummim and its surprising place in colonial American history – along with the selling of naming rights, organized shnorring and valedictory addresses in stilted biblical Hebrew.

TanakhCast: The Sheep-Diddling Zombie Fetus Edition!


In this week’s episode: Exodus 21-24.  We examine the first hardcore batch of laws in the Torah and discuss what might happen when two men brawl in public.  We also briefly discuss sheep-diddling and the nimble halakhic minds that can regard a life as not-a-life and a pursuer as not-a-pursuer.
And ICYMI, Rabbi Haym Soloveitchik’s piece entitled “Rupture and Reconstruction: The Transformation of Contemporary Orthodoxy” can be found here