The Schrift - Ancient Jewish Wisdom for Modern Times

by Steven Toby Weinberg

Warning: This is not your grandfather's d'var Torah podcast. Second Warning: The Schrift may prove monocle-shattering to those who consider themselves politically correct, moral, nice, or have ever even once helped an old blind lady across the street. Let's call into question some of the most hallowed beliefs of twenty-first century culture. Let's wake up from our automatized morality. It is time that we see philosophy as somet... Read more

Podcast episodes

  • Season 2

  • S02 E10 - Life Tip #10 - Ask about the Bristles on their Toothbrush - I Kings 3

    S02 E10 - Life Tip #10 - Ask about the Bristles on their Toothbrush - I Kings 3

    Have you mastered the art of the follow-up question? If we limit ourselves to "small talk," if we let conversations die prematurely, we miss the chance to unveil people. King Solomon and Freud were masters at getting others to rev...

    19:36
  • S02 E09 - Life Tip #9 - Listen Up! - Amos 3

    S02 E09 - Life Tip #9 - Listen Up! - Amos 3

    When a baby has a problem, it expresses itself by crying - sometimes very loudly. Adults, however, give off far more subtle clues when they are distressed; nevertheless, the distress is no less real. The prophet Amos and the play ...

    20:06
  • S02 E08 - Life Tip #8 - Have at least One Good Enemy - Obadiah

    S02 E08 - Life Tip #8 - Have at least One Good Enemy - Obadiah

    If you have at least one good enemy in your life, take pride in that. It means you are a robust, vivacious, and noble individual. Learn from the prophet Obadiah, learn from Jay-Z and Nas, and learn from Nietzsche, to go out there ...

    18:46
  • S02 E07 - Life Tip #7 - Spell Your Name in a Foreign Language - Hosea 11

    S02 E07 - Life Tip #7 - Spell Your Name in a Foreign Language - Hosea 11

    Shakespeare once asked: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." For a rose to smell its sweetest, we must re-train our minds to see language as the clothing of the body. Meditation, an...

    14:31
  • S02 E06 - Life Tip #6 - Light a Candle for Yoga - Malachi 1

    S02 E06 - Life Tip #6 - Light a Candle for Yoga - Malachi 1

    Just before he seems about to be crushed by a boulder or to fall into a pit of fire, Indiana Jones takes a moment to grab his hat. Do you take an extra moment to light a candle for yoga?

    18:38