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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.
R' Akiva's Guidelines for a Good Judgment on Rosh ha'ShanahSeptember 25, 2022 Episode artwork Nitzavim: Is Teshuvah/Torah Really THAT Easy?September 23, 2022 Episode artwork Ki Savo: Accursed to GodSeptember 16, 2022 Episode artwork Q&A #02 - God's Blessings, How to Emulate Him, What Makes a Good Question, and What is Hishtadlus?September 16, 2022 Episode artwork Avos 3:1 - How to Avoid Transgression (Part 2: Answers and Ideas)September 15, 2022 Episode artwork What I Learned About Jewish Identity and Survival from an Elder of the Crow Tribe and Rav HirschSeptember 09, 2022 Episode artwork Q&A #01 - Proofs of God's Oneness, Emotions & Perfection, and Emily Dickinson's Judgment of BibleSeptember 09, 2022 Episode artwork Avos 3:1 - How to Avoid Transgression (Part 1: Intro, Facts, and Questions)September 08, 2022 Episode artwork Memento Mori Musings on the First Day of Yeshiva (Koheles 7:1-2)September 06, 2022 Episode artwork Rav Hirsch on Bad BiographiesAugust 16, 2022 Episode artwork Tishah b'Av 5782 - Kinnah #28: Eich Enacheim? (How Can I Be Consoled?)August 07, 2022 Episode artwork Is it Permissible to Enjoy Learning on Tishah b’Av?August 04, 2022 Episode artwork How to Make Kinnos RealAugust 03, 2022 Episode artwork Wishful Thinking and Prophetic InterpretationAugust 02, 2022 Episode artwork Review of R' Shagar's book: "Faith Shattered and Restored: Judaism in the Postmodern Age"August 01, 2022 Episode artwork Masei: How to Read the Travels of Bnei YisraelJuly 29, 2022 Episode artwork Why Talk About Other Religions?July 28, 2022 Episode artwork Sefer Mishlei's Jargon-Filled Introduction (Mishlei 1:1-6)July 27, 2022 Episode artwork Ralbag on the Speculative Nature of Taamei ha’MitzvosJuly 26, 2022 Episode artwork Abandonment by Hashem as a Catalyst for TeshuvahJuly 25, 2022 Episode artwork Haftaras Parashas Pinchas: Goyishe JewsJuly 22, 2022 Episode artwork My Rejected Kiruv Article on the Purpose of LifeJuly 21, 2022 Episode artwork “Hump Day,” Wednesday, and Yom Revii l’ShabbosJuly 20, 2022 Episode artwork Minhag Mythbusters: Does a Husband Sing Eishes Chayil for His Wife?July 19, 2022 Episode artwork The Role of Episodic Memory in the Three Weeks and Tishah b'AvJuly 18, 2022 Episode artwork