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.

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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!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Oral Torah- The Vladity of and How it Applies to All Eras- Part 2

We are back with Part 2 of our discussion of the Oral Torah! Click here to download and listen to this week's episode.

This week, we continue our discussion of the accurate transmission of the Oral Torah, explain how arguments are still possible even with an accurate transmission (5 minutes), understand how complex the Oral Torah really is (9 minutes), explain why it was important for it to remain oral (20 minutes), and finish off by explaining the true meaning and best way of understanding the Oral Torah (29 minutes).
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Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Oral Torah- Proving Validity & How It Works Part 1

Welcome to BOTB! Click here to listen to and download this week's episode.

This week we bring you Part 1 of a discussion about the Oral Torah. We begin by discussing the name, "Back of the Beis". Then we begin by explaining exactly how the Oral Torah was given over (2:30), the concept of a 'living Torah (7 minutes), the structure of the Oral Torah (13 minutes), exactly what it means when we say it was "oral" (24 minutes), the concept of a 'halacha l'moshe m'sinai' (34 minutes), references within the Written Torah (39 minutes), proofs to the validity of the Oral Torah (44 minutes), the reality of the criminal justice system in classical Judaism (48 minutes), and how we can be assured of an accurate transmission (58 minutes).
If it sounds like a lot, it is! With even more coming next week in Part 2! In the meantime, email us at with any questions, comments, or topic suggestions.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Welcome to Back of the Beis!

Yosef Segal and Yehuda Rabin introduce their brand new podcast, "Back of the Beis". They'll be discussing Jewish ideas and philosophy with clear explanations for the modern day. With no fear of any question or topic, and along with a healthy dose of humor, Jude and Yosef will show how our ancient beliefs are more relevant nowadays than ever before. This intro was actually recorded before the name was settled on, so get ready for a behind the scenes look you may never get again! 
This podcast is available from the links posted here (audio and video) and soon on Apple Podcasts. 

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