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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

Mussar Without "Should"s and "Shouldn't"sApril 13, 2021 Episode artwork Shadal's Opposition to Philosophical JudaismApril 09, 2021 Episode artwork Can God Do the Impossible?April 07, 2021 Episode artwork Maror as a Philosophical Theme of PesachMarch 19, 2021 Episode artwork Ramban: On Why We Commemorate Yetzias Mitzrayim (a.k.a. The Famous Ramban at the End of Bo)March 16, 2021 Episode artwork How the (Seemingly) Outdated Elements of Torah Are Evidence of Its Perfection (Part 2)March 12, 2021 Episode artwork Ritva on Haggadah (Part 3: Meh)March 11, 2021 Episode artwork Ritva on Haggadah (Part 2: Avadim Hayinu)March 10, 2021 Episode artwork How the (Seemingly) Outdated Elements of Torah Are Evidence of Its Perfection (Part 1)March 05, 2021 Episode artwork Ritva on Haggadah (Part 1: Ha Lachma Anya)March 03, 2021 Episode artwork Haman's Ancient MotiveFebruary 25, 2021 Episode artwork Purim 5781: The Limits of the Human Intellect as a Theme of PurimFebruary 21, 2021 Episode artwork Of Wolves, Men, and Methodology: an Attempt to Capture and Articulate an Epistemological UpheavalFebruary 19, 2021 Episode artwork Rambam vs. Riaz (and Thomas Jefferson vs. Pirkei Avos)February 16, 2021 Episode artwork Lo Tachmod: a Case Study in How the Torah Commands EmotionsFebruary 15, 2021 Episode artwork Seltzer Theories vs. Jam TheoriesFebruary 09, 2021 Episode artwork Some Guidelines for Thinking About Biblical Historicity vs. Archaeology: Part 2 of 2February 05, 2021 Episode artwork Know What to Respond to a Heretic (Avos 2:14) Part 2February 04, 2021 Episode artwork Know What to Respond to a Heretic (Avos 2:14) Part 1February 02, 2021 Episode artwork Some Guidelines for Thinking About Biblical Historicity vs. Archaeology (Part 1 of 2)January 15, 2021 Episode artwork R' Avraham ben ha'Rambam: On Midrashim (Part 6 of 6)January 13, 2021 Episode artwork Rambam's Hidden Egalitarian Stance on MitzvosJanuary 08, 2021 Episode artwork R' Avraham ben ha'Rambam: On Midrashim (Part 5 of 6)January 06, 2021 Episode artwork Vayechi - The Cheit of Reuven: A Case Study in Analyzing the Flaws of TzadikimJanuary 01, 2021 Episode artwork Lessons in Bitachon from 2020December 31, 2020 Episode artwork