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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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The Sun Became a Bagel

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (23.9MB)John wonders whether the recent eclipse and earthquake should have us concerned, and Asher assures us that gam zu l’tovah – everything is for the good.  He also convinces us to say shehechiyanu more often.  We begin...

Stranger in a Strange Land

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (52.0MB)Asher describes his new Ann Arbor gig, as all eyes remain on Michigan this election year.  Speaking of politicians, we discuss whether Schumer is such a shomer and why Proxmire should be better known.  John questions...

The Sap Is Rising

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 27:53 — 33.4MB) Baby it’s cold outside!  In a surprise twist, Asher acknowledges Nathan of Gaza for the Tu Bishvat seder.  We then contemplate WWMLKD (what would MLK do) in the current environment....

Latke vs. Hamantash (vs. Draykops)

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 29:25 — 35.1MB)Asher describes his ongoing Israel advocacy efforts, including his recent trip to the Holy Land, which included visiting hospitals, picking lettuce, and reveling in his strange love of driving...

Ep 38 – Best of Times, Worst of Times

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (35.1MB)Asher describes being one of almost 300,000 at the Israel rally, while John joined virtually.  We turn our ire on fellow Jews who give aid and comfort to the enemy, and suggest mini-cherem for them.  After questioning...

Ep 37 – Clash of Civilizations

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (46.1MB)We lament the “useful idiots” who support Hamas, but derive hope from our true allies.  Asher surprisingly announces his political aspirations, while John (an avid C-SPAN viewer) advises caution.  Asher memorializes...