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artwork: Jean Jeon Gerome, Moses on Mount Sinai

All right, we’ve finally arrived at Mount Sinai!  And it only took 19 chapters and 20 episodes.  As Daniel says, all the most famous midrashim speak to this moment of Exodus.  In our discussion, we touch on cultural appropriation, our legacy to future generations, and what exactly the Holy Spirit is.  You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or many other fine podcast distributors, or listen to it with the player below.  The midrash for this week is below the player. (more…)

Image: Jan van Bronschorst, Jethro Advising Moses

Let’s face it, Jethro must have been one of history’s top five father-in-laws.  In Ch. 18 of Exodus, he visits Moses and shows him how to set-up a bureaucracy.  In our current context, this might seem like an odd thing to be admired for.  But can bureaucracies be good, even holy?  Karl and Daniel debate this contentious issue of our time.  You can download the podcast through iTunes or any other fine podcast distributor, or listen to it below.  The midrash we used this week is below the player. (more…)

artwork: Nicolas Poussin, Joshua Fights Amalek

As they dive into ch. 17, Karl and Daniel talk about sin and evil, and the understanding of Amalek in Judaism.  How should we think about and treat our enemies?  How should we confront the evil in ourselves?  The rabbinic tradition has managed to wring some weighty questions out of a relatively short chapter.  You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or any other fine podcast distributor, or you can listen to it with the player below.  The midrash that Daniel assembled for this episode is beneath the player on this page. (more…)

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The Gallery at St. Philip Episcopal Church in Near East Columbus is holding the special art exhibition for the season of Lent, Exodus: Journeys of Liberation. The show explores the themes of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio’s seven-month-long “Big Read” of the Book of Exodus in the visual arts. (more…)

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Daniel and Karl ponder the culinary value of manna, read some excellent midrash, and talk about the Sabbath and ecology, all while dipping (pun intended) into Ch. 16 of Exodus.  You can subscribe through iTunes or any other fine podcast distributor, or listen with the player below.  The midrash for this week below the player. (more…)

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As an architect my interest in design for religious purposes has often been impacted by the specificity of God’s commands regarding building the Tabernacle in Exodus Chapter 26.  God’s statements are not instructions, they are demands, “Thou shalt make….”  It is easy to discern  God’s earliest specifications involve the importance of quality materials, excellent workmanship, and precise design.  The purpose is intentional – to reflect the greater glory of God, not his people. (more…)

This week Daniel and Karl are joined by Cantor Cheryl Wunch, calling in from Toronto to sing portions of Chapter 15 of Exodus, answer all of Karl’s questions about cantors in general, and reflect on (of course) the nature of God and humanity. (more…)

The Israelites have finally gotten to the Reed Sea, the Pillar of Fire and the Pillar of Cloud are introduced into the story, and (oddly) Job makes a cameo appearance in the midrash.  What could be more fun than that?  Join Daniel and Karl as they discuss Exodus Chapter 15. (more…)

This week Daniel and Karl are joined again by Robin Holland for their investigation of Exodus 13.  Daniel gives us the lowdown on a lot of Jewish practice, including the use of tefillin (in English, phylacteries) in prayer.  You can listen below, or subscribe to the podcast through iTunes or other fine distributors.  The midrash we used is at the bottom of this page. (more…)

This week Daniel and Karl discuss Exodus, Ch. 12, give an overview of the Documentary Hypothesis, delve deep into Jewish religious traditions, and give some grocery shopping advice!  You can subscribe through iTunes or other fine vendors of podcasts, or listen below.  Daniel-curated midrash is at the bottom of the page. (more…)