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Daniel and Karl go deep into the weeds of ordination rituals for the High Priest as they read Exodus 30.  Along the way, they throw in some thoughts about Jerusalem Syndrome, the sad life of Schmuel the Ephod Cleaner, and the religious call to assist in the completion of creation. (more…)

Daniel and Karl are joined by Rabbi Daniel Vaisrub, and many things are revealed about Judaism that Karl never knew.  Such as the apocalyptic hope that the third temple will descend from on high and that the ephod might just look like the costume of a French princess.  (more…)


Ch. 27 of Exodus is all about the tabernacle (what a surprise, given that it’s been the theme of the last few weeks).  But Karl and Daniel find a way to talk about sin, and the way that both Judaism and Christianity are reinterpreting the concept of sin in terms of modernism.  You can listen to the podcast using the player below, or by subscribing through any fine podcast distributor.  Daniel’s choice of midrashim is below the player. (more…)

Daniel and Karl are joined by members of Saint Andrew’s, Evanston as they discuss Ch. 26, a chapter mostly composed of instructions for building the tabernacle.  And yet somehow they manage to wander into discussions of unicorn creation myths and when to take a bathroom break in the middle of synagogue services.  Who says that cubits can’t be fun! (more…)

Acolytes and Altar Guild members, rejoice!  We have now gotten to the part of Exodus that deals with liturgy, describing all of the wonderful implementa of the tabernacle with glittering adjectives (mostly because everything is gold plated).  Daniel and Karl let their inner liturgists off the leash and get so metaphysical that it’s almost psychedelic. (more…)

Okay, it’s a weird title, but we sure amused ourselves as we talked about Exodus 24, in which Moses and friends are somehow back at the foot of the mountain and about to go up it for the first time, even though Moses has been at the top of Mt. Sinai for the last four chapters.  You can see why we got a little wacky.  Enjoy! (more…)


Daniel and Karl record live in front of an audience at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati.  The audience was amazing in contributing to our chevruta Bible study of chapter 23.  We took questions and heard from a variety of readers as we went.  Enjoy! (more…)

image: The Psalm of Davidby Marc Chagall

There’s a whole lotta law going on in Chapter 22 of Exodus, but it leads Daniel and Karl into discussions of King David and the Northern and Southern Kingdoms, the Babylonian Exile and, oh yeah, Exodus.  Join us!  You can listen to the podcast through iTunes or any other fine podcast distributor, or with the player below.  Today’s midrash is at the bottom of this page. (more…)

We’re still at Mt. Sinai (after all, we just got there) and the law is getting more and more exact and elaborate.  This week it also becomes downright unpleasant, as we have to contemplate the fact that the Israelites are now enslaving each other, not to mention the sad fate of pre-teen girls in much of the ancient world.  Plus, ox goring.  You can listen to the podcast by downloading it through iTunes or any other fine podcast deliverer, or by using the player below.  The midrash for the chapter is at the bottom of this page. (more…)

artwork: Marc Chagall, The Ten Commandments

What are all those courthouse monuments and bulletin boards on the highway all about, anyway?  The Ten Commandments might form the basis of civil society in the west, or they might be a specific set of rules given to a specific group of people at a specific time, or they might be the Jews’ great gift to the moral universe.  Or, possibly, all three.  And there are three hosts on this week’s podcast, as Daniel and Karl are joined by the great Jane Gerdsen.  Subscribe through any fine podcasting service, or listen with the player below.  This week’s midrash are below the player. (more…)