Episodes
Published 01/11/24
Rabbi David Fohrman and Imu Shalev study the tale of the blasphemer, a dark and puzzling episode buried deep in Leviticus. The details of this story are scarce: an anonymous man provokes a fight in the Israelite camp, curses God, and ultimately is stoned to death as punishment. But a close read of these few short verses sends Rabbi Fohrman and Imu on a surprising journey, raising provocative moral questions about God’s judgment and uncovering an unlikely connection between the condemned...
Published 01/11/24
Support Book Like No Other today and gain access to tons of meaningful Tisha B'av content on the Aleph Beta website. Visit www.alephbeta.org and use the coupon code BOOK2023. What did you think of this episode? We’d genuinely like to hear your thoughts, questions, and feedback. Leave us a voice message – just click here, click record, and let your thoughts flow. A Book Like No Other is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful...
Published 07/27/23
Meaningful Judaism is Aleph Beta's latest podcast, dedicated to exploring why we do what we do in Jewish life, by diving deep into the Torah text. So many of our practices can feel like they’re just there; we go through the motions, but they don’t feel especially meaningful. In Meaningful Judaism, we search for that meaning. Each episode will take you on a journey, tackling questions such as “Why can’t we mix milk and meat?” and “What’s the meaning behind the laws of niddah?” Join our host,...
Published 04/30/23
Join Rabbi Fohrman for a live Q&A on March 16 and ask all your burning questions on the season. Click here for more info. The exile from Eden might have been the first time humanity experienced being estranged from God’s word and presence, but it certainly wasn’t the last. How do we cope with feeling distant from God? What is a roadmap for a return to the closeness of Eden? Join Rabbi Fohrman and Imu in this bonus epilogue episode as they explore Parshat HaTeshuva, the Torah’s emotional...
Published 03/13/23
In the sixth and final episode of this series, Rabbi Fohrman and Imu grapple with some of the big picture questions that emerge from their theory of the Tree and its connection to Torah – and consider what the Tree may ultimately be teaching us about how to connect to God’s words. What did you think of this episode? We’d genuinely like to hear your thoughts, questions, and feedback. Leave us a voice message – just click here, click record, and let your thoughts flow. A Book Like No...
Published 03/06/23
In this episode, Rabbi Fohrman reveals where we find the second half of the return of the Tree and, in the process, offers a powerful message about the impact of our actions in this world. Fascinated by the parallels Rabbi Fohrman points out in this episode? Check out these Aleph Beta courses mentioned in the podcast to learn even more: Moshe and Tzipporah at the Inn and Shavuot: Why do we celebrate “Law-Day”? What did you think of this episode? We’d genuinely like to hear your thoughts,...
Published 02/27/23
Last episode, Rabbi Fohrman promised that the Tree of Life isn’t left behind in Eden, never to be seen again once we’re exiled from the Garden. The tree actually returns! In this episode, we find out where and when – and begin to see how the tree’s return impacts the larger narrative of the entire Torah. To read more about An Exodus You Almost Passed Over, Rabbi’s Fohrman’s book mentioned in this episode, click here. And if you’re curious to learn more about the Aleph Beta course Rabbi...
Published 02/20/23
Join Rabbi Fohrman for a live Q&A on March 16 and ask all your burning questions on the season. Click here for more info.  Who wouldn’t want to eat from the Tree of Life and live eternally? Join Rabbi Fohrman and host, Imu Shalev, in this bonus episode as they explore the deep and meaningful implications of Rabbi Fohrman’s theory and consider what the tree — and Torah — might offer that's even better than eternal life.  To learn more about the ideas Rabbi Fohrman and Imu discuss here,...
Published 02/12/23
Join Rabbi Fohrman for a live Q&A on March 16 and ask all your burning questions on the season. Click here for more info.  Last episode, Rabbi Fohrman introduced a provocative new theory that re-envisioned the Garden of Eden, and began resolving all the puzzles raised in Episode One. But this theory has a fatal flaw – it seems to flatly contradict one verse, Genesis 3:22. Can Rabbi Fohrman reconcile the evidence or are we back to square one?  What did you think of this episode? We’d...
Published 02/12/23
Join Rabbi Fohrman for a live Q&A on March 16 and ask all your burning questions on the season. Click here for more info.  Last episode left us scratching our heads over those two strange trees in the Garden. In this episode, Rabbi Fohrman begins answering our questions on the beginning of the Torah through the help of a clue found all the way at the Torah’s very end – and in the process, develops a single, paradigm shifting theory that re-envisions the simple layout of the Garden...
Published 02/06/23
Join Rabbi Fohrman for a live Q&A on March 16 and ask all your burning questions on the season. Click here for more info.  We all know the story of the Garden of Eden. Adam, Eve, forbidden fruit, snake. But what if there’s another layer to this story lying beneath all the obvious drama? In the first episode of this six part series, Rabbi Fohrman takes a close look at the Garden of Eden story, pointing out some glaring – but easily glossed over – anomalies in the text, and inspiring us to...
Published 01/30/23
Join Rabbi Fohrman for an epic journey into reading the Torah on its own terms. Sign up to receive more Aleph Beta content. What did you think of this episode? We’d genuinely like to hear your thoughts, questions, and feedback. Leave us a voice message – just click here, click record, and let your thoughts flow. A Book Like No Other is a project of Aleph Beta, a Torah media company dedicated to spreading the joy and love of meaningful Torah learning worldwide. For our full library of...
Published 01/23/23