Madlik Podcast โ€“ Torah Thoughts on Judaism From a Post-Orthodox Jew

Madlik โ€“ Torah thoughts from a post-orthodox Jew with a life-long love and appreciation of Jewish texts and a fresh and sometimes heterodox perspective on their meaning, intent and practical (halachic) implications.

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Madlik โ€“ Torah thoughts from a post-orthodox Jew with a life-long love and appreciation of Jewish texts and a fresh and sometimes heterodox perspective on their meaning, intent and practical (halachic) implications.
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2019-05-10 16:07
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Why do Jewish Women Rule?

In this Mother's Day episode of the Madlik Podcast we explore the emergence and stature of matrilineal descent within Judaism, an otherwise male dominated and patrilineal religion and legal society. Recorded live at TCS, The Conservative Synagogue of W...

Sinning for God

Sinning for God Esther ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย ย  Esther sent a message to Mordecai: โ€œGo, gather together all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me, and neither eat nor drink for three days, night and day; I also and my maidens will fast likewise, and ...

The Tisha Bโ€™Av Syndrome

The Tisha Bโ€™Av Syndrome[i] - Podcast notes 1. Humor โ€œthe Frenchman, the German and the Jew who are walking in the desert. They trudge in the heat for days, gasping for a drink. The Frenchman says: "I am hot, I am tired, and I am thirsty. I must have so...

Pour out your Wrath upon my Hametz

An analysis of the Curse Formula Pour Out Thy Wrath upon the Nations recited at the climax of the Passover Seder and suggested alternative texts including the questionable text of "Pour out your Love" discovered by Chayyim Bloch and a stylistically sim...
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Entitlement Reform - Chosen Children and People

An exploration of the meaning of Choseness in the Hebrew Bible, Rabbinc and Christian texts.

Life is with People โ€“ Immortality in the Hebrew Bible

Notes Intro the Sefer ha-Chinuch was published anonymously in 13th century Spain and was written by a father to his son, upon reaching the age of Bar Mitzvah. See ื›ื’ย ย ื›ึผึดื™ ื ึตืจ ืžึดืฆึฐื•ึธื”, ื•ึฐืชื•ึนืจึธื” ืื•ึนืจ; ย ย  ื•ึฐื“ึถืจึถืšึฐ ื—ึทื™ึผึดื™ื, ืชึผื•ึนื›ึฐื—ื•ึนืช ืžื•ึผืกึธืจ. 23ย For the commandment is a l...

The Hanukah Dilemma โ€“ The Birth of Judaism

The Hanukah Dilemma โ€“ The Birth of Judaism How the Rabbis stole Hanukah and gave Judaism a new life notes ------------- They celebrated it for eight days with gladness like Sukkot and recalled how a little while before, during Sukkot they had been wand...

A Sabbath Bride โ€“ Marriage on Shabbat

An exploration of traditional Jewish sources regarding weddings held on or before the Sabbath and how they might guide us as we recreate Jewish wedding rituals for contemporary times and culture. Sources: ืœื ื—ื•ืœืฆื™ืŸ ื•ืœื ืžื™ื‘ืžื™ืŸ ื•ืื™ืŸ ื›ื•ื ืกื™ืŸ ื•ืœื ืžืงื“ื™ืฉื™ืŸ ื•ืœ...

Mixed Marriages โ€“ In or Out?

Mixed Marriages โ€“ In or out? Join us as we imagine how Jewish Law and accepted practice could adjust to the alarmingly high rate of intermarriage in the USA and the subsequent loss of households identifying with the Jewish people. ---------------- Note...

Itโ€™s just a Dream โ€“ Vayetze

What if the Hebrew Bible was just a dream? What happens if not only the narrative elements, but even the development of the law is taken as a dream sequenceโ€ฆ. An unending imaginative visitation with ideas, concepts and laws that continue to challenge u...

Lost in Translation - Toldot

Lost in Translation - Parsha Toldot Notes "Reading the Bible in translation is like kissing your new bride through a veil." famously quipped Haim Nachman Bialik. I would love to see this quote fromย Bialik as published or documented verbatim and in the...

A Thanksgiving Meal โ€“ ืกืขื•ื“ืช ื”ื•ื“ื™ื”

A Thanksgiving Meal โ€“ ย ืกืขื•ื“ืช ื”ื•ื“ื™ื” This week in the US we will be sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal, so what better opportunity to explore the sources and traditions of a Seuda Hodaah โ€“ ืกืขื•ื“ืช ื”ื•ื“ื™ื” ย a thanksgiving meal in the Jewish traditionโ€ฆ and su...

Abraham's Lost Election - Vayeira

Why did God grow weary of Sodom and what solace and instruction can we take from the Jewish texts that deal with Abraham; this edifying biblical social activist. ย What can we learn from the Talmudic notion of Midat Sodom ืžึดื“ึผึทืช ืกึฐื“ื•ึนื - ย the character of So...

The land that never has been yet - Lech Lecha

A journey through Freud, the Hebrew Bible, the classical commentators and modern Near Eastern linguistic scholarship to discover the meaning of the radical Hebrew message of destiny and people-hood.... with a tribute to Leonard Cohen.

Jewish Boats - Noach

Jewish Boats - Noah A dialog with dramatist, playwright and philosopher Michael Posnick on the motif of a ship, a place and a time of refuge in the Hebrew Bible, in the poetry and songs of Yehuda Halevi and in the Yiddish poetry of Asher Penn. Notes: T...

Tales of our Fathers - Bereshit

Genesis is the narrative of our origins. How do we moderns read it? How do we approach the past and how do we approach our elders? ืžืขืฉื” ืื‘ื•ืช ืกื™ืžืŸ ืœื‘ื ื™ื The stories of our patriarchs are signs for their children. ื”ืคืชื’ื ืžื‘ื•ืกืก ื›ื ืจืื” ืขืœ ื“ื‘ืจื™ ื—ื–"ืœ ื‘ื‘ืจืืฉื™ืช ืจ...

A Cathedral in Time - A Tabernacle in Space

it all started when two rebbes sat in a sukkah .... ย  Source Notes -------------------- a cathedral in time โ€“ a tabernacle in space 1. Judaism is a religion of time aiming at the sanctification of time. Unlike the spaceยญminded man to whom time is unvar...

The Death of Compromise โ€“ The Fast of Gedalia

Source Notes ย  1. ย  The Messiah will come only in an age which is either totally pure or totally guilty and corrupt. ย  ืื™ืŸ ื‘ืŸ-ื“ื•ื“ ื‘ื ืืœื ื‘ื“ื•ืจ ืฉื›ื•ืœื• ื–ื›ืื™ ืื• ื›ื•ืœื• ื—ื™ื™ื‘ ืกื ื”ื“ืจื™ืŸ ืฆื—,ื 2. The Messianic Idea in Judaism by Gershom Scholem 1971 pp 10 -17. Apoca...

What's New in the Jewish New Year

An exploration of the major themes of Rosh Hashanah; Malchiot, Zichronot and Shofarot in the context of Ancient Near Eastern New Year festivities and rites. ย  Source Notes: Whatโ€™s new about the Jewish New Year The three components of Rosh HaShannah Mal...