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A Rabbi and a Lawyer

Walk into a bar Podcast

Relatively well informed and irreverent musings on religion, news, and society. Grab a seat and join old friends, Rabbi Asher Lopatin and his former synagogue president, John Geiringer. Imagine sharing a drink with two news junkies who keep an open mind, challenge the status quo, and love discussing the comedy, tragedy, absurdity, and reality of the Jewish experience. Throughout their discussions, John will ask Asher provocative questions that congregants wish they could ask their rabbis.

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A Jewish podcast with relatively well-informed and irreverent musings on religion, news, and society

Grab a seat and join old friends, Rabbi Asher Lopatin and his former synagogue president, John Geiringer.  Imagine sharing a drink with two news junkies who keep an open mind, challenge the status quo, and love discussing the comedy, tragedy, absurdity, and reality of the Jewish experience.  Throughout their discussions, John will ask Asher provocative questions that congregants wish they could ask their rabbis.

About Rabbi Asher Lopatin:

Rabbi Asher Lopatin is the Executive Director of the JCRC/AJC of Detroit and the founding rabbi of Kehillat Etz Chayim of Detroit.  He is also the founding director of the Detroit Center for Civil Discourse. A Rhodes Scholar and a Truman Fellow with an M. Phil in Medieval Arabic Thought from Oxford University, Rabbi Lopatin has also done doctoral work at St. Antony’s College, Oxford, in Islamic Fundamentalist attitudes towards Jews and Israel. He has written chapters for over 20 books and numerous articles.  Prior to moving with his wife, Rachel, and their four children to Detroit, he served as president of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School, and, before that, served as the rabbi of Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation in Chicago. Rabbi Lopatin received ordination from Rav Ahron Soloveichik and Yeshivas Brisk in Chicago, and from Yeshiva University. Rabbi Lopatin is a permanent member of The Council on Foreign Relations and on the board of New Detroit. 

About John Geiringer:

John Geiringer is a nationally recognized attorney who advises clients on regulatory, governance, and investigative matters.  He is the founding Co-Director of the Center for National Security and Human Rights Law and its Consortium for the Research and Study of Holocaust and the Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law.  As an adjunct law professor, John teaches classes related to banking, national security, and the Holocaust.  He lives in the Chicago suburbs with his high school sweetheart, Jen, and they have two children, Jake and Catie.  John is active in the Chicagoland Jewish community.

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