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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
How "Wholeheartedly" Does Hashem Endorse Tefilah? (or "Insights Into Tefilah from Parashas Beshalach")January 11, 2022 Episode artwork Bo: Sforno's Counterintuitive Take on Korban Pesach and Makkas BechorosJanuary 07, 2022 Episode artwork Vaeira: Rambam vs. Sforno on the Hardening of Paroh's HeartDecember 31, 2021 Episode artwork Rambam's Shitah on Hashgachah Revisited (Part 3)December 30, 2021 Episode artwork Vicarious Merit in the Framework of the Rambam's IkkarimDecember 26, 2021 Episode artwork What is YOUR Relationship to the Beis Midrash? (Avos 5:14) Part 2December 24, 2021 Episode artwork Shemos: Lessons from Mosaic InterventionDecember 22, 2021 Episode artwork What is YOUR Relationship to the Beis Midrash? (Avos 5:14) Part 1December 17, 2021 Episode artwork Rambam's Shitah on Hashgachah Revisited (Part 2)December 16, 2021 Episode artwork Vayechi: Yaakov Avinu Was Mummified ... But Did He Die?December 15, 2021 Episode artwork Rambam's Shitah on Hashgachah Revisited (Part 1)December 09, 2021 Episode artwork Vayigash: Yaakov's Brief and Bizarre Conversation with ParohDecember 08, 2021 Episode artwork Chanukah 5872: The Secret Theme of Al Ha'NissimDecember 02, 2021 Episode artwork Vayeishev + Miketz: Insights from Yosef and His Brothers on How to Respond to CatastropheDecember 01, 2021 Episode artwork How to Cultivate Humility: Practical Guidelines (Part 2) Haughtiness from Beauty and StrengthNovember 19, 2021 Episode artwork Vayishlach: Would Rambam Advocate Davening at the Kever of the Fifth Matriarch?November 18, 2021 Episode artwork How to Cultivate Humility: a Quest for Practical Guidelines (Part 1) November 12, 2021 Episode artwork Vayeitzei: Practical Insights from Yaakov Avinu's NederNovember 10, 2021 Episode artwork The Saga of Kayin (Part 5) The Epic ConclusionNovember 03, 2021 Episode artwork Chayei Sarah: The Fine Line Between Divine Signs and DivinationOctober 29, 2021 Episode artwork The Saga of Kayin (Part 4) Applying the Unifying TheoryOctober 27, 2021 Episode artwork Sforno on Sedom: Understanding the Dialogue Between Avraham and HashemOctober 22, 2021 Episode artwork Parashas Vayeira: Avraham and IslamOctober 22, 2021 Episode artwork The Saga of Kayin (Part 3) The Unifying TheoryOctober 20, 2021 Episode artwork Torah as Regimen: Ralbag's Approach to ChumashOctober 17, 2021 Episode artwork