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Our mission is to create a platform for all serious students to easily study the entire Tanach (Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim) in a comprehensible fashion. We seek to generate an experience that allows our members to become intimately familiar with the text, framework, and storyline of the Tanach. Our emergent objectives are to increase knowledge of our ancestral Jewish history, to strengthen our sense of awe and love of God, and reinforce our personal and national Jewish identity.
 
Our mission is to create a platform for all serious students to easily study the entire Tanach (Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim) in a comprehensible fashion. We seek to generate an experience that allows our members to become intimately familiar with the text, framework, and storyline of the Tanach. Our emergent objectives are to increase knowledge of our ancestral Jewish history, to strengthen our sense of awe and love of God, and reinforce our personal and national Jewish identity.
 
Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles celebrates traditional and innovative Judaism and inspires lifelong learning in a warm, embracing community. With creative approaches to traditional prayer, a welcoming ethos that nourishes the soul, and a commitment to rigorous study of our tradition, Temple Beth Am has been a flagship institution of Conservative Judaism since its founding in 1934. These podcasts share our sermons, classes and other activities. Our goal is to reach out and enhance the learning ...
 
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Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss

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My name is Rabbi Matt Schneeweiss. My goal as a Torah educator is not merely to teach my students my OWN hashkafah. Rather, my goal is to equip them with the foundations, the methodological training, and the tools which will enable them to arrive at their OWN understanding of Judaism and cultivate their OWN relationship with Hashem and His Torah. This podcast is devoted to the shiurim I give which are geared specifically towards that end. As such, the range of topics covered here will be div ...
 
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Parashat Mishpatim 5782: God and Government Description: Is our public discourse too aggressive? Are our public institutions vulnerable to attack? In this class, Alex Israel addresses a verse (22:27) in Parashat Mishpatim which warns of attacks on Government figures. Why … Read the rest The post Parashat Mishpatim 5782: God and Government first app…
 
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld offers up short bursts of meditation infused with the imagery, wisdom, and the rhythms of our Jewish calendar including selected verses from the Torah. Many of these meditations are performed in sitting positions; some standing. Simply find yourself a comfortable space and let Rabbi Kligfeld's voice and direction guide you into …
 
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz leads a weekly Zoom class diving into Jewish Law surrounding Kashrut and Shabbat (to begin with) through the original and traditional sources. No prior knowledge, interest or expertise needed. Just interest in learning, in questioning, in potential for excitement and flexibility to see law vs. custom when appropriate. This clas…
 
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld offers up short bursts of meditation infused with the imagery, wisdom, and the rhythms of our Jewish calendar including selected verses from the Torah. Many of these meditations are performed in sitting positions; some standing. Simply find yourself a comfortable space and let Rabbi Kligfeld's voice and direction guide you into …
 
Parashat Yitro 5782: Is the Idolatry a Relevant Category for Contemporary Life Description: In this week’s podcast, Rabbi Mike Uram tackles Parashat Yitro noting that the first of the 10 Commandments is one that prohibits idolatry. Is this a relevant … Read the rest The post Parashat Yitro 5782: Is the Idolatry a Relevant Category for Contemporary …
 
Rabbi Avi Havivi introduces a panel discussion on the latest status of the oil drilling site at Pico and Doheny in Los Angeles, including last month's oil spill there. The panelists are from Neighbors for a Safe Environment (NASE): Professor Michael Salman (UCLA), Rabbi Yonah Bookstein (Pico Shul), and Temple Beth Am member Teri Cohan Link. The pan…
 
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz leads a weekly Zoom class diving into Jewish Law surrounding Kashrut and Shabbat (to begin with) through the original and traditional sources. No prior knowledge, interest or expertise needed. Just interest in learning, in questioning, in potential for excitement and flexibility to see law vs. custom when appropriate. This clas…
 
Note: I've uploaded this shiur to Machshavah Lab AND The Tefilah Podcast because it's relevant to both and I can spare the minutes this month. This evening (1/11/22), in our tefilah shiur, we tackled a bunch of fundamental questions on tefilah, including but not limited to: (1) How "poetic" are the Torah's songs, David ha'Melech's Tehilim, and our …
 
Parashat Beshalach 5782: A Taste of Something Rare Description: The story of the manna in the wilderness occupies a significant place in the larger desert narrative. A great many verses are devoted to the role of manna in the survival … Read the rest The post Parashat Beshalach 5782: A Taste of Something Rare first appeared on Elmad Online Learning…
 
Rabbi Adam Kligfeld offers up short bursts of meditation infused with the imagery, wisdom, and the rhythms of our Jewish calendar including selected verses from the Torah. Many of these meditations are performed in sitting positions; some standing. Simply find yourself a comfortable space and let Rabbi Kligfeld's voice and direction guide you into …
 
This morning (1/7/22), in our aptly named "Chumash Exploration," we took up two very basic questions: (1) Who carried out the Plague of the Firstborn? (2) What is the purpose of the Korban Pesach? The average Jew who has attended Pesach sedarim would probably have ready answers to both of these questions. That's where Sforno comes in. His commentar…
 
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz leads a weekly Zoom class diving into Jewish Law surrounding Kashrut and Shabbat (to begin with) through the original and traditional sources. No prior knowledge, interest or expertise needed. Just interest in learning, in questioning, in potential for excitement and flexibility to see law vs. custom when appropriate. This clas…
 
Parashat Bo 5782: Locusts That Last a Lifetime Description: In this week’s Torah portion of Bo, God rains down upon Egypt the last three plagues. One of these three is the plague of locusts. Learn along with PCJE Director, Aviva … Read the rest The post Parashat Bo 5782: Locusts That Last a Lifetime first appeared on Elmad Online Learning. Continue…
 
This morning (12/31/21), in our "Machshavah Lab" series for women, we had a SURPRISE shiur on the parashah! (It was a "surprise" in the sense that I didn't prepare a shiur. This began as a Q&A and turned into a shiur.) The question was: "What's the deal with Hashem hardening Paroh's heart?" After showing off AlHaTorah's excellent "topics" feature a…
 
This evening (12/31/21), in our Thursday night hashkafah shiur (which is usually not recorded), we continued our multi-part series on the Rambam's shitah about hashgachah, using David Guttman's essay "Divine Providence - Goals, Hopes, and Fears, כי כל דרכיו משפט" as our guide. Tonight we focused on the difficult and abstract concepts of matter and …
 
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz leads a weekly Zoom class diving into Jewish Law surrounding Kashrut and Shabbat (to begin with) through the original and traditional sources. No prior knowledge, interest or expertise needed. Just interest in learning, in questioning, in potential for excitement and flexibility to see law vs. custom when appropriate. This clas…
 
In this morning's (12/26/21) YBT Sunday Shiur we examine four common expressions that are used in reference to the deceased: (1) "aliyah / l'iluyi nishmas" - may the soul have an elevation, (2) "zechus" - in merit of, (3) "zichrono li'vracha" - may their memory be for a blessing, (4) "karapah" - may this be an atonement for the deceased. As the tit…
 
This podcast is sponsored by Drs Amy Fox Griffel and Martin I Griffel in memory of her mother, Sally Fox, Sima Bat Moshe v Michla on the occasion of her yahrtzeit. Parashat Vaera 5782: The Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart Description:… Read the rest The post Parashat Vaera 5782: The Hardening of Pharaoh’s Heart first appeared on Elmad Online Learning. …
 
This morning (12/24/21), in our "Machshavah Lab" series for women, we continued on the topic we began last week on the four ways that people relate to the Beis Midrash. After reviewing the two approaches we learned last time (Rashi and Rambam) we learned two more: the Meiri's explanation which focused on learning and Rabbeinu Yonah's interpretation…
 
Tonight (12/22/21), in our aptly named "Chumash Exploration," we set out to glean as many insights as we could from the three episodes recounted about Moshe Rabbeinu before the burning bush - all of which had to do with his intervention for the sake of justice and righteousness. We anchored our approach in the Abravanel, but ventured into other mef…
 
Rabbi Rebecca Schatz leads a weekly Zoom class diving into Jewish Law surrounding Kashrut and Shabbat (to begin with) through the original and traditional sources. No prior knowledge, interest or expertise needed. Just interest in learning, in questioning, in potential for excitement and flexibility to see law vs. custom when appropriate. This clas…
 
Yeye Lobet is a journalist whose work has focused on climate, energy and environmental justice for two decades. She spent many years working in public radio, where she won national awards for investigative reporting. Now she mostly works in print/web. Recently she has been writing for a startup publication that covers the climate tech sector, calle…
 
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