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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.
Episodes
Vayeitzei: The Eyes of Leah in the Eyes of Three Schools of CommentaryNovember 28, 2022 Episode artwork Q&A #10 - Iyun Procedures, Sensitivity to Halachic Laxity, and Dealing with the IRSNovember 25, 2022 Episode artwork Toldos: Does God Judge Our Prayers Based on Our Parents?November 25, 2022 Episode artwork Tehilim 100: Mizmor l'Todah (A Psalm of Thanksgiving)November 23, 2022 Episode artwork Chayei Sarah: Musings on Judaism's Response to Animal SufferingNovember 18, 2022 Episode artwork Q&A #09 - Is Belief a Choice, Tefilah vs. Avodah Zarah, How to Safely Attend a Red Carpet EventNovember 18, 2022 Episode artwork Chayei Sarah: The Pshat of "Place Your Hand Under My Thigh"November 18, 2022 Episode artwork Avos 3:5 - DIY Soul-EndangermentNovember 17, 2022 Episode artwork The Prohibition to Gaze at a Rainbow (or Those Who Gaze at Rainbows Are Better Off Never Being Born)November 11, 2022 Episode artwork Q&A #08 - Stoicism, Commanding Emotions, Productivity Compulsion, and Embracing Mortality to Make the Most of LifeNovember 11, 2022 Episode artwork Vayeira: Don't Deviate from the Minhag: XTREME EditionNovember 11, 2022 Episode artwork Avos 3:4 - Three Who Eat With or Without TorahNovember 10, 2022 Episode artwork Noach's Unwillingness to Procreate - Part 2 (Some Answers)November 04, 2022 Episode artwork Lech Lecha: Is Circumcision "Mutilation"?November 04, 2022 Episode artwork Q&A #07 - Tefilah Technicalities, Pas b'Melach Tochal, & Prioritizing Animal Care Over Talmud TorahNovember 04, 2022 Episode artwork Avos 3:3 - The Shechinah Among FriendsNovember 03, 2022 Episode artwork Beur Tefilah: Who is the "Aleinu" in Sim Shalom?November 02, 2022 Episode artwork Noach's Unwillingness to Procreate - Part 1 (Facts and Questions)October 28, 2022 Episode artwork Noach: Shadal's Radical Application of Dibra Torah ki'Lshon Bnei AdamOctober 28, 2022 Episode artwork Q&A #06 - Sim Shalom, Singular vs. Plural, Current Meditation Practice, Shogeg, pre-Ashrei PesukimOctober 28, 2022 Episode artwork Avos 3:2 - Davening for the Peace of the GovernmentOctober 27, 2022 Episode artwork Q&A #05 - Learning Neviim, Hashgachah Pratis Meetings, Non-Jews and Yomim Noraim, Koheles on Sukkos, and Moshiach as an IkkarOctober 20, 2022 Episode artwork The Four Days Between Yom ha'Kippurim and SukkosOctober 07, 2022 Episode artwork Q&A #04 - Al Cheit, Discerning Hashgachah, Trolly Problems, Birkas ha'Gomel, and Idyllic Torah LifeOctober 06, 2022 Episode artwork Yom ha’Kippurim 5783: Musings on Erev Yom ha’Kippurim AnxietyOctober 04, 2022 Episode artwork