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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The Sap Is Rising

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.  John summarizes the flawed ICJ case against Israel, and wonders if the pro-Hamas/Houthi protesters ever consider themselves the “baddies.”  Despite the negative temperatures, we end with positive thoughts about longer days.

00:29 Introduction and Casual Conversation

00:48 Discussing Tuba Shvat and its Significance

02:54 Exploring the Tradition of Tu Bishvat Seder

03:47 Reflecting on the History of Jewish Communities

04:25 Contemplating Political Involvement and Leadership

06:44 Appreciating the Importance of Jewish Unity

07:27 Remembering Martin Luther King and His Legacy

09:11 Discussing the Current Political Climate

10:31 Reflecting on the Importance of Jewish-Black Unity

11:26 Discussing the Current Situation in Israel

13:29 Analyzing the Legal Implications of the Israel Conflict

16:43 Reflecting on the Tragedy of Misused Ingenuity


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