THE ACCIDENTAL TALMUDIST SHOW

our show includes different kinds of episodes:

A.T. Live

the l'chaim show

ecstatic prayer

Pebbles of Wisdom

A.T. LIVE

Your weekly dose of Jewish music, humor, and wisdom!

I'm mesmerized by the golden bells on the robe of the Kohen Gadol, Sam Richardson shares stories about small jewish communities, Nina shares the tale of a Jewish fighter in John Brown's army, and Moshe teaches us a Purim song.

We learn about the trees Jacob planted in Egypt, I share a cringeworthy moment from my past, and Moshe leads us in a rousing song based on the Tree of Life. 

Rocker, composer, writer, and extraordinary artist Peter Himmelman shows us how to befriend the reptilian side of our brain and release our creative banshee!  

What a rockin' show! With Cantors Arik Wollheim and Moshe Storch. I also shared the amazing tale of the Baal Shem Tov, Reb Yakov & The Baron, and we made a L'Chaim on Clase Azul - more than a tequila, it's an experience.

The Hanukkah Show! Discussing the inner and outer garments of meaning we create in our lives with Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, Dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at AJU, and Rabbi Cantor Hilary Chorny, who brings down some beautiful tunes!

We learn how a simple greeting, properly spoken, can change the world, and welcome Rabbi Noam Sendor and the Alter Jazz Ensemble from Melbourne, Australia.

Renowned Hasidic Rabbi Reuven Wolf goes deep on the relationship between Jacob and Esau, manifest today in the growing brotherhood between Jews and Gentiles. And music mensch Moshe Storch brings down an incredible new song, his Niggun Kavana.

In this must-see episode, Rabbi David Aaron, a famous Kabbalist, explains what God is - and isn't. He tackles the deepest subjects in a clear and accessible way. 

We reached another level on this one! We rocked the neighborhood with niggun, guitar and shofar, and I shared the the passionate story of Isaac and Rebecca. 

Our music mensch Moshe Storch teaches us a fantastic new song you won’t be able to get out of your head! And I explain Jewish mourning practices - where they come from and why they’re valuable. 

We welcome musical rabbi Ari Lucas, and I share an inspiring story about the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of the Hasidic movement in Poland in the 18th century.

Brimming with joy to welcome my dear friend Rabbi Adam Kligfeld to the show. We discuss the question - what makes bad words bad?

Having a (shofar) blast with comedian-philosopher Danny Lobell! I explain the importance of Shabbat Shuva, the first Sabbath of the Jewish new year.

Music and laughter with my pals in Montreal including music mensch Adam Stotland and comedians Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion of YidLife Crisis.

 

THE L'CHAIM SHOW

It's the L'Chaim Show - Passover Edition! Support our work and hear a shofar blast! 

We’re chatting with Yishai Fleisher, int’l spokesman for the holy Jewish community of Hebron. 

My heart is bursting with joy! Today Rabbi Shlomo Katz joins Nina, Moshe and me on the L’Chaim Show. Sing with us, and hear a tale of inspiration...

Purim Edition!  Here's an amazingly uplifting story from our Sages about drinking, murder, and holiness! Plus a little joke to spice up your day...

The tale of Bentzion Apter and the Soup of Joy, Shabbos light, gefilte fish and hot horseradish, Sal's doghouse flowers, the Muslim Marine, and audience questions.

Joined  Rabbi Daniel Greyber of Beth El Synagogue in Durham, NC for a sweet song, and a surprising word about the Ten Commandments.

Today we learn how to persuade the unpersuadable from The Silent Rabbi Who Said It All - a lesson in advocacy for Peter Beinart, in reaction to his recent article in The Forward condemning Modern Orthodox Judaism and The Frisch School for producing Jared Kushner.

Today, the Tale of Two Rebbes, a pebble you can bring to dinner. With thanks to Reb Shlomo Carlebach, Susan Yael Mesinai, and Doug Lipman.

As Nina makes chocolate chip challah, we learn about The Five Women Who Saved Israel

In Honor Of Hanukkah, It's Our First L'Chaim Show! And in matters of holiness, like anything good, we like ascend in small steps so we can keep ascending...

 

ECSTATIC PRAYER

Pesach Sameach! Happy Passover! Sharing a few final thoughts before the Festival of Freedom begins. 

Purim Havdalah! With Rabbi Adam Kligfeld and friends at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles!This is the weekly Havdalah service that marks the end of Shabbat, but tonight in costume because it's the beginning of Purim.

 

Join us for a musical Hallel (Praise) as we welcome the Hebrew month of Adar, the month of joy (because it contains the festival of Purim) at Maayon Yisroel in LA. This one went VIRAL!

People love this joyous video! We're celebrating the new Hebrew month of Kislev, the month of miracles. (Because it ends in Hanukkah, the festival of miracles.) These are songs of Hallel, thanksgiving and praise. Sung at Maayon Yisroel in LA.

Check out this music video I directed for Hillel Tigay and IKAR. We filmed a big Bollywood dance number on a rooftop in downtown LA.

 

PEBBLES OF WISDOM

Why does God harden Pharaoh's heart? Does that mean he doesn't have free will? Isn't our whole system based on free will? And how does this relate to a Jewish view of the afterlife?

Walking in the Old City of Jerusalem with R' David Aaron, we confront one of the biggest questions of all: why does God allow evil to exist?

While roaming the Mount of Olives with the "Guru of Jerusalem," Gutman Locks, we break down the obstacles to making a higher connection, and reveal the amazing reward that follows…

Sometimes we open a prayerbook, and feel nothing. How do we connect with God the way our ancestors did? A moment in the Holy Land with R' Shlomo Katz. 

Walking with me in the Old City of Jerusalem, R' David Aaron shares an insight into one of the most puzzling lines in the Talmud. And just wait for the big finish!

A word about holiness in the Holy Land with Micah Goodman. The Hebrew word for holy is "kadosh," from a root meaning set apart. What is holy cannot be controlled. A short, profound teaching in the desert where Jeremiah prophesied…

 

One who is praying should have
his eyes turned down and his
heart turned up.

- Yevamot 105b, B. Talmud

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