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The Jewish Thought Project
44 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
2.5 The Central Idea of the Entire Torah- Building a Hashkafa
We've discussed the content of the Torah, the sefarim, the stories, and the halachot, but now we need to look deeper. What are the central ideas that the entire Torah is trying to get across?
42 minutes | Jan 3, 2022
2.4 Torah, Tanach, and Torah Shebaal Peh- Building a Hashkafa
We'll take a look at the word Torah and what the name may suggest about the book itself. In addition, we'll give a brief overview of Torah Shebichtav and Baal Peh as well as what it contains.
49 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
2.3 The Hashkafic Process- Learning Machshava Part III
Having discussed the origins and parameters of Jewish ideas, today we'll discuss the process by which those ideas are integrated into our broader belief system.
51 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
4.1 Committing to Klal Yisrael- My Interview with Rav Doron Perez
Rav Doron and I spoke about religious Zionism, the importance of strengthening Jewish communities all over the world, and his transformation of The Mizrachi World Movement.
80 minutes | Sep 26, 2021
2.2 Truth Not Philosophy- Learning Machshava Part II
In this episode we examine the difference between philosophy and Jewish Thought, as well as where we learn authentic Jewish Ideas.
44 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
3.2 Taking Faith Into Our Own Hands- Weekly Thoughts on Sukot
Sukot has so many different unique Mitzvot and ideas. In this episode we’ll explore the common theme between them.
55 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
3.1 Building a Relationship with God- Weekly Thoughts on Yom Kippur
In preparation for Yom Kippur, we explore a new avenue through which we can relate to God- A relationship. How does this understanding improve our Yom Kipur and our religious practice year round.
57 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
2.1 Actions and Ideas- Learning Machshava Part I
In this episode we explore the emphasis that the Torah places on learning Machshava (Jewish thought and ideas) —as well as the broader purpose that it serves.
60 minutes | May 18, 2020
1.11 What is the Afterlife: Nachmanides- Exploring Jewish Thought
We’re exploring the concepts of heaven and hell, The Garden of Eden, the Messianic Era, and the Afterlife in the thought of Nachmanides.
43 minutes | Sep 23, 2019
1.10 Why Heaven Isn’t in the Torah- Exploring Jewish Thought
One of the pillars of our faith is that punishment and reward await us in the next world in accordance with our behavior in this world. It’s a fundamental believe, but it receives no mentioning in the Torah.
44 minutes | May 16, 2019
1.8 The King and His Kingdom: Why God Created the World (Chazal)- Exploring Jewish Thought
We find in the Talmud and Rishonim short ideas on the creation of the world that leave much to the imagination. We’ll explore those ideas and the depth behind them.
45 minutes | Mar 18, 2019
1.7 Why God Created the World: What Was He Missing and Why Should We Care- Exploring Jewish Thought
Understanding the larger ideological implications of why God Created the world.
43 minutes | Feb 28, 2019
1.6 Why We Do Mitzvot: Q and A with Rav Elan Mazer
Getting our questions answer and clarifying the different perspective on why we do Mitzvot
60 minutes | Feb 14, 2019
1.5 Our Eternal Religious Pursuits: Why We Do Mitzvot (according to Rav Kook) - Exploring Jewish Thought
Seeing the commandments as a system for eternal spiritual satisfaction: Rav Kook on Mitzvot
40 minutes | Feb 3, 2019
1.4 Preparation for Olam Haba: Why We Do Mitzvot (according to The Ramchal) -Exploring Jewish Thought
Seeing the commandments as spiritually strengthening exercises- The Ramchal on Mitzvot
49 minutes | Jan 28, 2019
1.3 Fixing the World and Fixing Ourselves: Why We Do Mitzvot (according to Maharal) - Exploring Jewish Thought
The commandments as a purification of the soul: Mitzvot in the eyes of The Maharal
34 minutes | Jan 24, 2019
1.2 Developing Our Middot : Why We Do Mitzvot (according to the Ramban) - Exploring Jewish Thought
The commandments as character refinement- performing the Mitzvot through the eyes of Nachmanides.
45 minutes | Jan 22, 2019
1.1 The Mitzvot and Their Objectives: Why We Do Mitzvot (according to Ramabam) - Exploring Jewish Thought
We explore the Rambam's perspective on the objective of performing mitzvot.
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