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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.
Naso: Shivim Panim la'Torah in ContextJune 14, 2024
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Shavuos is NOT About the Giving of the TorahJune 11, 2024
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Ralbag's Sixteen Toalos (Lessons) from Megilas Rus (The Book of Ruth)June 07, 2024
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She'eilas Shalom ba'Shem Greeting in the Name of God (Part 2)June 07, 2024
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Avos 4:5 - Sforno and Rashbatz on the Permissibility of Taking Money for Torah (Part 3)June 06, 2024
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Rabbi Moskowitz Memory #7: Immortality in This WorldJune 06, 2024
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Rabbi Moskowitz Memory #6: His True MemorialJune 06, 2024
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She'eilas Shalom ba'Shem (Greeting in the Name of God) Part 1June 05, 2024
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Rabbi Moskowitz Memory #05b: Addendum - Fat Guys in the WoodsJune 05, 2024
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Rabbi Moskowitz Memory #05: Tishah b’Av - The Most Enjoyable Day of the SummerJune 05, 2024
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Rabbi Moskowitz Memory #04: The HikeJune 04, 2024
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Rabbi Moskowitz Memory #03: A Rebbi of Students He Never MetJune 04, 2024
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Rabbi Moskowitz Memory #02: Burying My Rebbi Admit Tears and Suppressed LaughterJune 03, 2024
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Rabbi Moskowitz Memory #01: Random Learning Session with Ben and Me and 2011June 03, 2024
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Bechukosai: Rav Hirsch on the Eight Stages of Going Off the DerechMay 31, 2024
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Bechukosai: Ibn Kaspi on Why the Written Torah Doesn't Mention Olam ha'BaMay 31, 2024
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Behar: The Torah’s Double Standard for Slave Labor (Part 4: Approach #3)May 31, 2024
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Avos 4:5 - Rambam's Opposition to Taking Money for Torah (Part 2)May 30, 2024
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Behar: The Torah’s Double Standard for Slave Labor (Part 3: Approach #2)May 29, 2024
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Behar: The Torah’s Double Standard for Slave Labor (Part 2: Approach #1)May 27, 2024
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Behar: The Torah’s Double Standard for Slave Labor (Part 1: Questions)May 24, 2024
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Avos 4:5 - Rambam's Opposition to Taking Money for Torah (Part 1)May 23, 2024
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Emor / Kedoshim: Should Kids Be Taken to Magic Shows? (Written Version)May 23, 2024
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Emor / Kedoshim: Should I Take My Kid to a Magic Show? (Full Shiur)May 17, 2024
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Avos 4:5 - Two Motives for LearningMay 16, 2024
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