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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

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 "Adam's Demonic Spawn" or "Did Hashem Turn the Builders of Migdal Bavel into Monkeys?!"October 15, 2021 Episode artwork The Saga of Kayin (Part 2) More Questions and ProblemsOctober 13, 2021 Episode artwork Parashas Noach: Migdal Bavel and the Hindu Account of the MabulOctober 08, 2021 Episode artwork What's the Pshat of Migdal Bavel? (Parashas Noach)October 08, 2021 Episode artwork The Saga of Kayin (Part 1) Questions and ProblemsOctober 06, 2021 Episode artwork Parashas Bereishis: (How) Did Hashem Speak to Kayin?October 05, 2021 Episode artwork Does Hashem Actually Care What We Call Shemini Atzeres?October 01, 2021 Episode artwork The Joyful Progression from Yom ha’Kippurim through SukkosSeptember 19, 2021 Episode artwork Yom ha'Kippurim 5782: Vidui Yom ha'Kippurim and the Inner Bears of Our NatureSeptember 10, 2021 Episode artwork Meditations on Rosh ha'Shanah 5781: The Meaning of "Shanah Tovah" September 06, 2021 Episode artwork Asmoranomardicadaistinaculdacar and the 42-Letter Name of GodAugust 30, 2021 Episode artwork Ki Teitzei: On the Merit of Giving Bad Explanations of MitzvosAugust 20, 2021 Episode artwork When to Dance Between Two OpinionsAugust 19, 2021 Episode artwork Halacha as a Playground of MindfulnessAugust 18, 2021 Episode artwork The Insidious Nature of Metaphysical and Epistemological PremisesAugust 17, 2021 Episode artwork Tallis as a Vehicle of Gratitude and a Reminder of DeathAugust 16, 2021 Episode artwork Shoftim: The Parameters of Idolatrous Cultural AppropriationAugust 13, 2021 Episode artwork On Being Present in TefilahAugust 12, 2021 Episode artwork Rambam: On Awakening (The Question)August 11, 2021 Episode artwork How to Choose What to Learn Before You DieAugust 10, 2021 Episode artwork King Kamehameha III and MoshiachAugust 09, 2021 Episode artwork