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Jewish Philosophy Matters
14 minutes | May 13, 2020
Episode 3: Actions vs Intentions: Either/Or or Both?
Is doing mitzvot just a physical act or is there more to it? Rabbis Eisen and Adlerstein discuss the opinions from the GRA, Reb Chaim Volozhiner, and Chovot Halevavot in try to grapple with the topic of concentration is needed when performing mitzvot. The conversation then ties in the concept of darshinan taama d'kra and the debate on how it should be applied.
16 minutes | May 5, 2020
Episode 2: Can Philosophy Elevate My Observance of Mitzvot?
Continuing the discussion of Do We Really Need Philosophy? Rabbis Eisen and Adlerstein discuss what foundations are necessary for truly understanding Jewish Philosophy. The discussion then goes on to look at different places within the Tur (code of Jewish law) where the author veers from a strict legal discussion and enters the world of philosophy by providing conceptual undergirdings of the mitzvot in order to fulfill them properly. Is it limited to just those few examples or is there a general philosophical understanding that applies to all the mitzvot of the Torah? Listen to find out and please let us know what you think!
12 minutes | Apr 26, 2020
Episode 1: What is Philosophy and Why Does it Matter?
Before broaching the topic of Jewish philosophy, in their first podcast, Rabbis Eisen and Adlerstein discuss the question of why we should care about philosophy in the first place. What is it, is it for everybody, and what impact will it have on our lives? These are some of the questions discussed in this episode.
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