In the Podsha: A Weekly Parsha Conversation

In the Podsha: A Weekly Parsha Conversation
In the Podsha is a discussion based Parsha podcast. Each week I will discuss two ideas with a guest educator surrounding the weeks Torah portion. They’ll bring their own insights and personalities to that week. I hope it is insightful and accessible. Now it’s easier than ever before to learn on the go, Enjoy!

Mishpatim with Shlomo Pill
Jan 30 • 31 min
For Parshat Mishpatim, I speak with Lawyer and Law professor at Emory U, Rabbi Shlomo Pill about the purpose of Mishpatim. How do these laws create the society we want? What is the purpose of these laws, and why are they after the Ten Commandments? Shlomo…
Yitro With Rabbi Joshua Berman
Jan 22 • 33 min
I was honored to have on Rabbi Joshua Berman of Bar Ilan University to talk about his book Created Equal. In the conversation he discusses, the purpose of using Near Eastern texts to explain the Torah, what is going on with the Ten Commandments and how we…
Bo with Zahava Bauer
Jan 8 • 29 min
For parshat Bo, I hang out with Zahava Bauer, teacher of Literature and Halakha at Torah Academy of Greater Philidelphia, about the meaning of Firstborns for the Egyptians and the Jewish people and the importance of marking time.
Vaera with Miriam Gedwiser
Jan 1 • 36 min
I talk with Miriam Gedwiser, Judaic studies teacher at Ramaz upper school, about Moshe’s job is a communal one, how we learn things even if we dont realize it, and why all the plagues had to happen. Miriam Gedwiser teaches Talmud and Tanakh at the Ramaz…
Shmot with Alvin Reinstein
Dec 23, 2018 • 35 min
For Parshat Shmot, I chat with my dad about his Bar Mitzvah Parsha. We talk about why Moshe was chosen as a leader for the Jewish people, while going through buts of Torah along the way, and detail some of the Hero’s journey Moshe goes through this week.…
Vayechi with Roy Feldman
Dec 18, 2018 • 33 min
For Parshat Vayechi, I chat with Roy Feldman, Rabbi at Congregation Beth Abraham-Jacob in Albany, NY, about the purpose of the book of Genesis, what Joseph’s brothers must have felt and some musings on the Rabbinate.
Vayigash with Eli Lebowicz
Dec 13, 2018 • 39 min
For Parshat Vayigash, I chat with Eli, an Orthodox stand up comedian, about the nature of Yehuda’s change and what Yosef knew and didn’t know, while making a whole bunch of jokes throughout. See more of eli at
Miketz with Dan Margulies
Dec 3, 2018 • 35 min
In this week’s Podsha I hang out with Dan Margulies, Rabbi at The Riverdale Minyan, where we talk about how Yoseph interpreted the dreams, how Yoseph could solve alot of our problems wether personally, financially or religiously, and why Yoseph did all…
Vayeshev with Gershon Albert
Nov 27, 2018 • 34 min
(Apologies for static in parts of the episode, tried to get rid of it and it is only there for parts) This week for Parshat Vayeshev, I have Gershon Albert! Gershon is the Rabbi at Beth Jacob Congregation in Oakland, and was in my class at Yeshiva…
Vayishlach with Sara Wolkenfeld
Nov 20, 2018 • 31 min
In the Podsha is back! Thanks for being patient, I had to take a break to work on an actuarial exam and the holidays. This week I chat with Sara Wolkenfeld about all the good thing is doing, Yaakov’s name change’s odd formulation, and Esav’s…
Ki Tavo with Rivka Herzfeld
Aug 27, 2018 • 37 min
In this week’s Podsha, I talk to Rivka Herzfeld about being grateful for our bad history, and we let everyone know a secret about the curses promised if we don’t listen. Rivka got her MA in Bible from Revel, and has taught in a variety of Jewish settings.
Podsha Ki Teitzei with Jon Leener
Aug 21, 2018 • 29 min
In this week’s Podsha, I talk with fellow Crown Heights resident Jon Leener about the nature of all the interpersonal commandments in Ki Teitzei, and how one thing leads to another in our personal and spiritual lives. Jon, with his partner Faith, run BASE…
Shoftim with Tzipporah Machlah Klapper
Aug 11, 2018 • 29 min
Enjoy this free flowing conversation with Tzipporah Machlah from the Center for Modern Torah Leadership about the responsibility of our leaders to be part of the community, how those responsibilities are split up, and how our actions influence our…
Re’eh with Josh Botwinick
Aug 5, 2018 • 29 min
In this week’s Podsha, I talk with Josh, Co-director of JLIC in Herzeliya, about how the rules of Avodah Zarah (foreign worship, usually understood as idol worship) can be relevant today, and how limiting can be a holy practice.
Eikev with Hannah Dreyfus
Aug 1, 2018 • 32 min
This week, I have some family time with an excellent Journalist, Hannah Dreyfus. We talk about how the abuses of power that happen in the Jewish community (and beyond), the power of love over fear, and what Hannah should do with all the cattle she has.…
Vaetchanan with Dovi Nadel
Jul 23, 2018 • 31 min
This week brings Dovi Nadel, the coordinator for the Chidon HaTanach in the US, to talk about whats so special about Jewish people/Torah, what’s up with the beginning of a really famous prayer, and we reminisce about an old teacher of his. Dovi is also a…
Devarim with Margot Botwinick
Jul 15, 2018 • 30 min
In this week’s Podsha, I bring back my sister Margot! We talk about Moshe’s unique ability to make a weakness a strength, the purpose of the book of Devarim, and Margot is far too kind to me.
Parshiot Matot-Maasei with Dasi Fruchter
Jul 10, 2018 • 28 min
This week I talk to Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter, Assistant Spiritual Leader at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, MD. We talk about people’s responsibility to be honest when asking for things, some guy that sounds like Dumbledore, and Dasi’s…
Pinchas with Tal Attia
Jul 3, 2018 • 36 min
Tal Attia, director of JLIC at Brandeis, joins me to talk about Pinchas, what it means to be zealous for G-d, whether Pinchas did the right thing, and why we should aim to be more like Joshua and less like Moshe
Balak with Sarah Robinson
Jun 24, 2018 • 31 min
For Parshat Balak, I talk with Sarah Robinson about how we should relate to Balak as a character, why there is an entire Parsha from a non-Jewish perspective, how different challenges deserve different approaches, and Karma throughout the Bible. Sarah…
Chukat with MaNishtana
Jun 17, 2018 • 25 min
This week, I got to sit down with MaNishtana, from, where we talk about Miriam’s death and her integral place in our story, how we have to understand each of our power, and how we need to be careful at reacting even when people do things…
Korach with Isaiah Rothstein
Jun 12, 2018 • 39 min
Loved spending some time with Isaiah, Rabbi at Hazon, Bechol Lashon, and Zayah and a whole bunch of other stuff. We speak about Korach’s rebellion and how we each find our value in a world where we don’t feel counted.
Shelach with Willie Balk
Jun 12, 2018 • 31 min
In this week’s Podsha, I talk to Willie Balk, Academic Advisor at YU, about the meaning of the blue string added to the fringes of garments, who was actually at fault in the spies episode and G-d’s place in our lives.
Bahaalotecha with Rachel Weber Leshaw
Jun 12, 2018 • 26 min
In this week’s Podsha, I speak with Rachel Weber Leshaw, teacher at WebYeshiva and Torah V’Avodah and a graduate at the Yoetzet program, about how Judaism feels about making up lost chances, and how being humble is an essential Jewish trait.
Naso with Jeremy Borovitz
Jun 12, 2018 • 28 min
In this week’s Podsha I talk to Jeremy Borovitz, creator of the Brooklyn Beit Midrash, about why we don’t practice the Sotah ritual today, some Holocaust controversy, and the ethics of donating to institutions.
Bamidbar With Margot Botwinick (Reinstein)
Jun 12, 2018 • 27 min
Welcome to episode #1 of IN THE PODSHA! This week I talk with Margot Botwinick (Reinstein) about what the Jews are doing in the desert, what is the Levites role, what it means to be an educator, and a bit about our parents and Margot’s Aliyah adventure
Welcome to IN THE PODSHA
Jun 12, 2018 • 0 min
Introduction episode for In the Podsha with Rabbi Sam Reinstein.