Category Archives: Jewish Thought, Theology, and Machshava

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Ep. 48 Fundamentals of Judaism 4 – What God Wants

Rabbi Josh Yuter addresses biblical solutions to the fundamental question: What Does God Want?

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Fundamentals of Judaism 4 – What God Wants

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Ep. 47 Confronting Chosenness 4 – Jews and Non-Jews in the Bible

Rabbi Yuter’s Confronting Chosenness class concludes the Biblical segment with a discussion of how the Bible expects the Jews/Israelites were supposed to be distinguished from the other nations.

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Confronting Chosenness 4 – Jews and Non-Jews in the Bible

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Ep. 46 Fundamentals of Judaism 3 – God in the Torah

In the third installment Fundamentals of Judaism, Rabbi Yuter explores how God is depicted in the Torah.

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Fundamentals of Judaism 3 – God in the Torah

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Ep. 44 Fundamentals of Judaism 2 – God and Torah

Rabbi Yuter discusses the importance of establishing the divine origins of the Torah as the foundational faith underlying Judaism.

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Fundamentals of Judaism 2 – God and Torah

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Ep. 43 Confronting Chosenness 2 – Biblical Covenants

Rabbi Josh Yuter’s Confronting Chosenness series continues discussing various biblical covenants and their implications for understanding the nature of Jewish chosenness.

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Confronting Chosenness 2 – Biblical Covenants

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Ep. 42 Fundamentals of Judaism 1 – Introduction

Rabbi Yuter’s new Fundamentals of Judaism class begins by explaining the unique approach we’ll be taking on this intellectual journey.

Fundamentals of Judaism 1 – Introduction

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Ep. 41 Confronting Chosenness 1 – Biblical Foundations

Rabbi Yuter begins a brand new shiur series titled “Confronting Chosenness” which will discuss Jewish exceptionalism in thought and practice. This first class begins exploring the biblical foundations the Jews being God’s “chosen people”.

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Confronting Chosenness 1 – Biblical Foundations

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Episode 39 – Politics of Exclusion: Preserving Gender Roles Part 2 – Women Rabbis

Rabbi Yuter discusses the recent controvery of Maharat/Rabba and women serving leadership roles in Judaism

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Preserving Gender Roles 2 – Women Rabbis

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A Judaism of Laws or of Men

An Orthodox colleague recently created a controversy after writing a blog post explaining why he no longer recites the blessing shelo asani isha – thanking God for not creating him as a woman. Several Orthodox rabbis criticized this position for various reasons with one even questioning the author’s right to call himself “Orthodox,” ostensibly for deviating from the traditional liturgy through his omission. In the grand scheme of Orthodox Jewish history this rabbi’s personal choice is relatively trivial. However, in the subsequent squabbling over one rabbi’s legitimacy, the Orthodox rabbinate inadvertently exposes the inherent cognitive dissonance prevalent in the contemporary Orthodox community.
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Episode 38 – Politics of Exclusion: Preserving Gender Roles Part 1 – Mechitzah

Rabbi Yuter’s Politics of Exclusion series shifts focus to on Orthodox Judaism’s ethos of preserving traditional gender roles, beginning with the topic of mechitzah vs. separate seating in the synagogue.

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Preserving Gender Roles 1 – Mechitzah

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