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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
Bo: The Jewish Lunar Calendar as Anti-Egyptian PolemicJanuary 26, 2023
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Shemos: Dasan and Aviram - to Blame or Not to Blame?January 13, 2023
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Q&A #17: Shalom Bayis, Darchei Shalom, and Questions About Jewish CemeteriesJanuary 12, 2023
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Does Hashem Actually Pray?! - Part 2 (Berachos 7a)January 11, 2023
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Q&A #16: Churban, Minhag, "Shmiras Einayim," Sharing Psak, Reading, Feeding Animals 1st, MO ProblemsJanuary 06, 2023
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Vayechi: The Wolf as an Allegory for the ShechinahJanuary 06, 2023
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Q&A #15: Aristotelian Torah, Ox-Filth, English Mishneh Torah, and Baby SoulsJanuary 06, 2023
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Avos 3:10 & 5:12 - The Consequences of Forgetting Your TorahJanuary 05, 2023
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Does Hashem Actually Pray?! - Part 1 (Berachos 7a)January 04, 2023
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An Etymological Drash from Rav Hirsch on Jewish vs. Pagan PriestsDecember 30, 2022
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Avos 3:9 - Interrupting Torah for a TreeDecember 29, 2022
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Chanukah 5783: The “Beloved” Mitzvah of Ner ChanukahDecember 25, 2022
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Dream Analysis in Halacha: Aruch ha'Shulchan and RambamDecember 16, 2022
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Q&A #14 - Off-the-Record Questions, Shabbos King, and Melaveh MalkaDecember 16, 2022
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Vayeishev: Should this Rashi be Taught to Children?December 16, 2022
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Avos 3:8 - Giving to GodDecember 15, 2022
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The Meta-Halachic Implications of the Halachos of Fingernail CuttingDecember 09, 2022
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Q&A #13 - What to Treat as a Fact, How Curses Work, and How Berachos WorkDecember 09, 2022
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Avos 3:7 - Levels of ShechinahDecember 08, 2022
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Vayishlach: Can We Talk About Reuven’s Sin?December 07, 2022
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The Metaphysical Implications of Stubbing Your Toe (Redux)December 04, 2022
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Q&A #12 - Pushing Limits, Israel, Conditioned Thinking, Meat & Wine, Voucher's Morality, LeadershipDecember 02, 2022
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Q&A #11 - Kavanah in Kedushah, Halachic Complexity, Torah Fluctuations, Love Work, Diagnosing LapsesDecember 02, 2022
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Avos 3:6 - Yokes on YouDecember 01, 2022
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Vayeitzei: The Eyes of Leah in the Eyes of Three Schools of CommentaryNovember 28, 2022
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