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Machshavah Lab

Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss

My name is Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss. My goal as a Torah educator is not merely to teach my students my OWN hashkafah. Rather, my goal is to equip them with the foundations, the methodological training, and the tools which will enable them to arrive at their OWN understanding of Judaism and cultivate their OWN relationship with Hashem and His Torah. This podcast is devoted to the shiurim I give which are geared specifically towards that end. As such, the range of topics covered here will be diverse. There will be shiurim on Jewish philosophy, Chumash methodology, aggadic midrashim, maybe even some non-Jewish philosophy as well. Merriam-Webster defines "laboratory" as a place providing opportunity for experimentation, observation, or practice in a field of study. I call this podcast "Machshavah Lab" because this is where we will conduct Torah "experiments" by exploring questions, texts, and ideas in an effort to develop our machshavah in a "hands on," exploratory, firsthand manner.

Recent Episodes

The Joyful Progression from Yom ha’Kippurim through SukkosSeptember 19, 2021 Episode artwork Yom ha'Kippurim 5782: Vidui Yom ha'Kippurim and the Inner Bears of Our NatureSeptember 10, 2021 Episode artwork Meditations on Rosh ha'Shanah 5781: The Meaning of "Shanah Tovah" September 06, 2021 Episode artwork Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar and the 42-Letter Name of GodAugust 30, 2021 Episode artwork Ki Teitzei: On the Merit of Giving Bad Explanations of MitzvosAugust 20, 2021 Episode artwork When to Dance Between Two OpinionsAugust 19, 2021 Episode artwork Halacha as a Playground of MindfulnessAugust 18, 2021 Episode artwork The Insidious Nature of Metaphysical and Epistemological PremisesAugust 17, 2021 Episode artwork Tallis as a Vehicle of Gratitude and a Reminder of DeathAugust 16, 2021 Episode artwork Shoftim: The Parameters of Idolatrous Cultural AppropriationAugust 13, 2021 Episode artwork On Being Present in TefilahAugust 12, 2021 Episode artwork Rambam: On Awakening (The Question)August 11, 2021 Episode artwork How to Choose What to Learn Before You DieAugust 10, 2021 Episode artwork King Kamehameha III and MoshiachAugust 09, 2021 Episode artwork Haftaras Re'eh: Torah as Water, Wine, and MilkAugust 06, 2021 Episode artwork Musings on Unrecorded ShiurimAugust 05, 2021 Episode artwork How to Become Wise: Part 2 (R' Yitzchak Kanpanton on Niddah 70b)August 04, 2021 Episode artwork Sitting Bull's Ghost Dance and MoshiachAugust 04, 2021 Episode artwork The Madness of LishmahAugust 03, 2021 Episode artwork On Seeing the Hearts of Human BeingsAugust 02, 2021 Episode artwork Simone Biles is My HeroJuly 30, 2021 Episode artwork How to Become Wise: Part 1 (R' Yitzchak Kanpanton on Niddah 70b)July 28, 2021 Episode artwork Help! I've Fallen Into Sufi Poetry and I Have No Idea What I'm Doing!July 28, 2021 Episode artwork The Principle of Humanity vs. Emunas ChachamimJuly 27, 2021 Episode artwork Taking the Road Less Traveled in LearningJuly 26, 2021 Episode artwork