Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Truth & Whiskey #2- Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan & The Need for Content

Hey Prophets! Click here to listen and download to this week's episode or click the video at the bottom of the page.
BOTB is back after an early spring break and getting ready for season 2. But before that happens, we'd like to share our second Truth & Whiskey episode, the monthly episode where we talk about less intense topics and shoot the breeze a but more in our conversation. This conversation wasn't intended to be this way, but when we turn on the recorder, who knows where we end up!
We ended up discussing a figure in modern history who has made a big impact on our way of thought, Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan. We hope you enjoy our perspective, and as always, maybe you'll learn something too.
We discuss: the need for content (2 minutes), Aryeh Kaplan (5), the style of the Me'am Lo'ez (28), a little bit on meditation (38), believing in science but not in God (48), the respect you must feel while studying Torah (57), an advanced definition of Free Will (1:01), a little intro to our next topic- bitachon and emunah (1:09).

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

BOTB Update

Hey Prophets!
Thank you for all your support over our first two months. The response to our first seven episodes has been outstanding and we can't wait to share more from the back of the beis with you.
We will be on hiatus until after Pesach, and then dive right back in to the topics that you think you already know, but we guarantee you've never heard this way before! In the meantime, make sure to contact us at backofthebeis@gmail.com with questions, comments, suggestions for future episodes, or just  to say hi! We want to hear from you. We are both available on Facebook (just search for our names), and Yosef is available on twitter (@kumzitzguy).

Here's wishing you a great Chag, and we look forward to seeing you soon in the Back of the Beis!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Truth & Whiskey- Star Wars Episode 1: The Torah Perspective

Welcome to our first episode of Truth & Whiskey! Click here to download and/or listen to this week's episode. Or click the YouTube link below.

Once a month we will have a lighter, looser, but just as in-depth, discussion on something outside of our usual topics. It may lean towards Jewish ideas and thought, secular culture and lifestyle, or a combination of both.

This week we get in the weeds on one of Jude's favorite topics, Star Wars! Enjoy as we discuss the franchise from a POV you've never heard before. A few other topics are on the table as well, so make sure to listen to the whole thing!

As always, we want to hear from you! Contact us at BACKOFTHEBEIS@GMAIL.COM with any question, comments, or suggestions. Visit the blog at backofthebeis.blogspot.com, check us out on Facebook and Twitter (@Kumzitzguy), and be sure to check out our entire archive of episodes here on our Youtube channel.

Also, BOTB is now accepting advertising and sponsorships. Want to sponsor an episode in honor of a relative? Get the word out on your new business venture? Or how about sponsoring the whiskey for our next Truth & Whiskey episode? Contact us at backofthebeis@gmail.com for details.

Enjoy! Thanks for joining us in the Back of the Beis.


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Amalek Part 2

We are back in the Back of the Beis! This week we have part 2 of our Amalek episode. Click here to download and listen to this week's episode. Or, click the video link at the bottom of the page.
Click here for part 1. BOTB is looking for sponsorships. If you would like to dedicate an episode in honor or in memory of a loved one, or if you are looking for a great advertising opportunity, please contact us! This week we start off with what is an Amalek (2 minutes), why we have to kill them (25 minutes), how it connects to purim (32 minutes), why bnei Rachel have more of an obligation to kill Amalek (40 minutes), and also some bonus content: some talk of middle brain functionality (56 minutes) and some technical talk about american football (1 hour). Contact us at backofthebeis@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or to sponsor an episode. We are also on twitter (@kumzitzguy) and Facebook. See you next time, prophets!



Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Amalek- Part 1

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This week, just in time for Purim, we bring you part 1 of our in-depth discussion about Amalek. If you've ever wondered what the big deal was about the nation of Amalek and why we are commanded to completely stamp them out, this podcast is for you!

We begin with some talk about the olympics, then dive right into our Amalek discussion with an overview of the mitzvah to destroy Amalek (4:30), explain exactly what 'zachor' and 'timche' mean (8:30), explain what Amalek actually did (20), what they were trying to do (31), why we have to physically kill them (34), what our mindset should be (37), and why we must eradicate their memory (52).
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week! Contact us at backofthebeis@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or to sponsor an episode. In the meantime, have a wonderful Purim!








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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Revelation and the Written Torah Part 2

We are back with part 2 of our discussion on Revelation. Click here to download and listen to this week's episode. Or click the YouTube link below.
For Part 1 click here

We begin by continuing our discussion as to why revelation was necessary, then continue by discussing the difference between Moshe and all other prophets (9 minutes). how to reach a high spiritual level and what that means (13 minutes), how do we know spirituality exists (15 minutes), and end with a discussion of where is God? (21 minutes), you know, the simple things in life. As a P.S., Jude discusses his experiences with "floating" (45 minutes).

This was actually the first conversation we ever recorded, so you can tell we are still figuring things out, but we were having so much fun at the same time.

Don't forget to email us your comments and questions at backofthebeis@gmail.com, find us on Facebook, Twitter (@kumzitzguy), and visit the blog itself at backofthebeis.blogspot.com. 
Until next time, Prophets!


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Revelation & the Written Torah Part 1

Welcome again to the Back of the Beis! Click here to listen and download to this week's episode. Or click the video link at the bottom of the post.

This week we are discussing the validity of the Written Torah and the revelation at Har Sinai. We hit on how we know the stories in the Torah are true, the avos as real human beings (17 minutes), medrash and more stories not found in the Torah (28 minutes), revelation  (30 minutes), and how revelation might not even be necessary to prove the truth of the Torah (42 minutes).

And this is only part 1! Stay tuned next week for part 2. Don't forget to stay tuned to this site, check out our YouTube page, find us on Facebook, and on twitter (@kumzitzguy). It's only going to get crazier here in the Back of the Beis!