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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 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...

Ep 36 – Am Yisrael Chai

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 47:10 — 56.4MB)In our most somber episode (hopefully ever), we discuss how we celebrated Judaism’s happiest day on Israel’s saddest day.  Asher taps his expertise on Islam to explain the 10/7 perpetrators, while...

Ep 35 – Live Long and Prosper

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 30:49 — 37.0MB)We discuss our respective Rosh Hashanas, including Asher’s geopolitical sermons and John’s unexpected rendition of Dem Bones for his congregation.  For Yom Kippur, Asher explains how we should...