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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.
State of the Blog: Summer 2022June 27, 2022 Episode artwork Shelach: Challah as a Consequence of the Cheit ha'MeraglimJune 24, 2022 Episode artwork Leo Tolstoy, Eishes Chayil, and Caring What Others ThinkJune 23, 2022 Episode artwork When Hashem Prefers Telling Lies Over Doing MiraclesJune 22, 2022 Episode artwork Shloshim for Rabbi Morton Moskowitz zt"lJune 21, 2022 Episode artwork On Reading the Rambam's Mishneh Torah Like a Love LetterJune 21, 2022 Episode artwork An Example of My Idiosyncratic Brand of SpiritualityJune 20, 2022 Episode artwork Parashas Naso: Nine Explanations for a Twelvefold RepetitionJune 10, 2022 Episode artwork Rabbi Moskowitz: On Ignoring a Bas Kol (Heavenly Voice)June 03, 2022 Episode artwork My Eulogy for Rabbi Moskowitz zt"lMay 30, 2022 Episode artwork Judaism's Nuanced Attitude Towards Converts as Exemplified by NaomiMay 27, 2022 Episode artwork How to Daven for a Sick Person Who is Beyond RecoveryMay 27, 2022 Episode artwork What is Kareis? Part 3 (Abravanel with some Ran)May 25, 2022 Episode artwork The Metaphysical Implications of Stubbing Your ToeMay 20, 2022 Episode artwork What is Kareis? Part 2 (Tosafos, Rambam, Ramban)May 18, 2022 Episode artwork R' Yitzchak Kanpanton and R. Waldo Emerson on Emunas ChachamimMay 13, 2022 Episode artwork What is Kareis? Part 1 (Saadia Gaon, Ibn Ezra, Rashi, Tosafos)May 11, 2022 Episode artwork Why Do We Count the Omer? Three Explanations You (Probably) Haven't Heard (YBT Sunday Shiur)May 08, 2022 Episode artwork Three Insights into ShehecheyanuMay 06, 2022 Episode artwork A Fresh Look at the Shalosh Regalim: Mishpatim and Ki Sisa (Part 2)May 04, 2022 Episode artwork A Fresh Look at the Shalosh Regalim: Mishpatim and Ki Sisa (Part 1)April 27, 2022 Episode artwork Etzba Elohim: The Finger of WHICH God?April 15, 2022 Episode artwork Tzfarde’a: The Plague That Lasted ForeverApril 14, 2022 Episode artwork Even If We Are All Wise, Understanding, Elders, Those Who Know TorahApril 13, 2022 Episode artwork Chad Gadya: A New Song with an Ancient ThemeApril 12, 2022 Episode artwork