A Rabbi and a Lawyer

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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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Ep 3 – Wars and Wine

We start by discussing Israel’s conflicts with Gaza over the last two years, and how John’s kids visited Israel when they occurred.  Reflecting on those incidents, John discussed the international legal framework for armed conflicts, including jus ad bellum (how wars begin) and jus in bello (how wars are fought).  We then pivot to an audience request for Asher to discuss kosher wines, including how they are produced, what separates them from ordinary wines, and what philosophical lessons should be learned from those distinctions.  We try to keep our meanderings to a minimum, with mixed success.


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