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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…)

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…)

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…)