Guest Appearance on the Drinking & Drashing Podcast

I am excited to share my appearance on the 17th episode of the Drinking & Drashing podcast.聽 The episode is available here (as well as many different services):

If you’re interested in checking out some clips from the episode, here are several:

Briefly Discussing the Origin Story of & The Jewish Drinking Show:

Sacred Space(s) in Esther?:

Esther, Purim, and Ecclesiastes:

Libations in Parashat Tetzaveh:

New Pirkei Avot Series

I am excited to announce I have created a new series on聽Pirkei Avot, a collection of dozens of rabbinic wisdom sayings from many centuries ago. This series is taking place in the form of brief videos of me discussing each and every text in the collection.

Having kicked-off this series on Monday, the YouTube playlist for chapter 1 of聽Pirkei Avot is available here. I plan on creating separate YouTube playlists for each of the chapters of聽Pirkei Avot.

The series involves a new video releasing every day, Monday through Friday, so far, each of them lasts several minutes. Although I have created them for the enjoyment and edification of the residents at the senior living facility where I am currently serving as the chaplain, it is, of course, also available for other folks out there, as well 馃檪

Newest Podcast Episode Now Out on Eruvin 64-65

One of the lengthier discussions on wine and drinking in rabbinic literature occurs in the Babylonian Talmud on Eruvin 64-65, which happens to also be the pages of the current Daf Yomi cycle for today and tomorrow.

So, for my 47th episode of the podcast and video show, I discuss an introductory overview of the drinking texts on pages Eruvin 64a, Eruvin 64b, Eruvin 65a, and Eruvin 65b:

And here is the podcast episode:

Star Wars and Judaism Series Completed

This past Sunday marked the conclusion of my summer “Star Wars and Judaism” series, in which I held live Zoom sessions over the course of a dozen consecutive weeks. Taking place on Sunday evenings from late May through this past Sunday, I put together source sheets on Sefaria and held live Zoom sessions in which I discussed how scenes of the theatrically-released Star Wars movies compared and/or contrasted with Biblical and Rabbinic texts.

Here are all of the source sheets from this series:

  1. A New Hope
  2. The Empire Strikes Back
  3. Return of the Jedi
  4. The Phantom Menace
  5. Attack of the Clones
  6. Revenge of the Sith
  7. Star Wars The Clone Wars
  8. The Force Awakens
  9. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  10. The Last Jedi
  11. Solo: A Star Wars Story
  12. The Rise of Skywalker

Now that the series is completed, I may be publishing the videos of the recordings of the series, as I recorded all of the session, except for the first session.

Stay tuned for those videos to be published….

Newest Jewish Drinking Podcast Episode Published on Yalta’s Wine-Destroying [Berakhot 51b]

On the newest release amongst Jewish’s podcast/video episodes, Alieza Salzberg Yizhar joins me on the show to discuss a particular incident in the Talmud where Yalta destroys 400 jugs of wine (see below for text from the Babylonian Talmud on this incident). She teaches Talmud at the Conservative Yeshiva and courses in Jewish History and Literature at Rothberg International School at Hebrew University. She completed her Masters of Art in Midrash and Aggada from Hebrew University last year, with her thesis on “Testing the Virgin: Between Legal Narrative and Virginity Law (Talmud Bavli Ketubbot 10a-b)”, which includes a chapter on “Wine, Water, and Ritual”.

Podcast & Video Episode:

Central Text Under Discussion (Berakhot 51b):

注讜诇讗 讗拽诇注 诇讘讬 专讘 谞讞诪谉 讻专讬讱 专讬驻转讗 讘专讬讱 讘专讻转 诪讝讜谞讗 讬讛讘 诇讬讛 讻住讗 讚讘专讻转讗 诇专讘 谞讞诪谉
讗诪专 诇讬讛 专讘 谞讞诪谉 诇讬砖讚专 诪专 讻住讗 讚讘专讻转讗 诇讬诇转讗
讗诪专 诇讬讛 讛讻讬 讗诪专 专讘讬 讬讜讞谞谉 讗讬谉 驻专讬 讘讟谞讛 砖诇 讗砖讛 诪转讘专讱 讗诇讗 诪驻专讬 讘讟谞讜 砖诇 讗讬砖 砖谞讗诪专 (讚讘专讬诐 讝) 讜讘专讱 驻专讬 讘讟谞讱 驻专讬 讘讟谞讛 诇讗 谞讗诪专 讗诇讗 驻专讬 讘讟谞讱
讗讚讛讻讬 砖诪注讛 讬诇转讗 拽诪讛 讘讝讬讛专讗 讜注诇转讛 诇讘讬 讞诪专讗 讜转讘专讗 讚’ 诪讗讛 讚谞讬 讚讞诪专讗
讗诪专 诇讬讛 专讘 谞讞诪谉 谞砖讚专 诇讛 诪专 讻住讗 讗讞专讬谞讗
砖诇讞 诇讛 讻诇 讛讗讬 谞讘讙讗 讚讘专讻转讗 讛讬讗
砖诇讞讛 诇讬讛 诪诪讛讚讜专讬 诪讬诇讬 讜诪住诪专讟讜讟讬 讻诇诪讬

Ulla was visiting the house of Rav Na岣an, they ate bread, recited Grace after Meals, and gave the cup of blessing to Rav Na岣an. Rav Na岣an said to him: “Master, please send the cup of blessing to Yalta.”
He responded to him: “There is no need, as Rabbi Yo岣nan said, ‘The fruit of a woman鈥檚 body is blessed only from the fruit of a man鈥檚 body, as it is stated: 鈥淎nd He will love you, and bless you, and make you numerous, and He will bless the fruit of your body鈥 (Deuteronomy 7:13) – “the fruit of her body鈥 was not stated, rather, 鈥淗e will bless the fruit of your [masculine singular] body”.'”
At this, Yalta heard and arose in a rage, entered the winehouse and broke 400 jars of wine.
Rav Na岣an said to Ulla: “Let the Master send her another cup.”
He sent her, “All this pitcher is a blessing.”
She sent him, “Words from an itinerant, words, and lice from rags.”

Not interested in checking-out the entire episode? Here are a couple of excerpts from the episode:

How Much Wine Did Yalta Destroy?

Is Yalta Married to Rav Na岣an?

“Star Wars & Judaism XII: The Rise of Skywalker” Zoom Session This Sunday Evening

The twelfth in a twelve-part Star Wars & Judaism series will be taking place this Sunday evening. Taking place at 8pm over Zoom, “Star Wars & Judaism XII: The Rise of Skywalker will incorporate scenes from The Rise of Skywalker. Comparing scenes from The Rise of Skywalker with Biblical and Rabbinic texts, a discussion will ensue and, as with all of the sessions in this series, there is no charge to attend this Zoom session.

This Zoom session will be recorded and published online at a later date.

40th Episode of the Jewish Drinking Podcast

The 40th episode of the Jewish Drinking podcast/video series was published today on the topic of Drinking During The Nine Days. A new aspect of this episode that I had not yet done in any of the previous episodes was to host a live discussion on texts, inviting folks to show up. Granted, I only posted about the opportunity that day, but, fortunately, some folks joined in the Zoom discussion and here is the episode, discussing drinking during “The Nine Days”, from Rosh Chodesh Av through up until Tisha b’Av:

“Star Wars & Judaism XI: Solo: A Star Wars Story” Zoom Session This Evening

The eleventh in a twelve-part Star Wars & Judaism series will be taking place this evening. Taking place at 8pm over Zoom, “Star Wars & Judaism XI: Solo: A Star Wars Story” will incorporate scenes from Solo: A Star Wars Story. Comparing scenes from Solo: A Star Wars Story聽with Biblical and Rabbinic texts, a discussion will ensue and, as with all of the sessions in this series, there is no charge to attend this Zoom session.