Conversation with the Rabbi

Conversation with the Rabbi

In an era of political division and polarized debate, we are losing our ability to hear each other. The volume of our disagreements is at an all-time high, while our ability to communicate with kindness and empathy is at an all-time low. This podcast seeks to change that by engaging people from different backgrounds and beliefs in good old-fashioned conversation. Listen in as Rabbi Michael Beyo and anthropologist Dr. Adrian McIntyre spend time listening, sharing, and discovering common ground in an effort to understand and appreciate the wondrous diversity of our human family. From interfaith dialogues to discussions with business and nonprofit leaders, this podcast shines a spotlight on the different ways we can learn to live, work, and worship together in a contentious and conflicted world. We invite you to use these conversations as a lens to open up new understandings of self and the other, to develop empathy for diverse viewpoints, and to explore what is possible when we listen to others with respect. Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, neighborhood organization that has served individuals and families inclusive of all races, religions, and cultures since 1972. Visit us online at https://www.evjcc.org The Conversation with the Rabbi podcast is supported by a grant from Arizona Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. The show is recorded and produced in the studio of PHX.fm, the leading independent B2B podcast network in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more at https://phx.fm

Episodes

July 14, 2022 41 min

Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre discuss "Jewish values" and whether or not that phrase is a meaningful way of talking about Jewish life.

Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, neighborhood organization that has served individuals and families inclusive of all races, religions, and cultures since 1972. Visit us online at https://www.evjcc.org

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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with political scientist Dr. Kamila Valenta about extremism and ethnic conflict.

(Producer's note: This conversation was recorded in March 2021 and discusses national and international affairs in the context of that time.)

Dr. Kamila Valenta is a part-time instructor at the Department of Global Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where she teaches two courses: ...

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June 16, 2022 41 min

"A person should not need to choose between their religion and their rationality. The two are not in conflict."

In this episode, Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre discuss the life and work of Maimonides.

Rabbi Beyo explains what he sees as the untapped potential of Maimonides medieval theology and philosophy for helping contemporary Jews to strengthen their connection with Jewish tradition while navigating the moder...

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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Rabbi Ysoscher Katz about leaving Orthodox communities and navigating the contemporary world.

Rabbi Ysoscher Katz is the Chair of the Talmud department at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah and the past Senior Rabbi of the Prospect Heights Shul. He studied at the Satmar, Brisk, and Beit Yosef Navaradok yeshivot. Receiving his smicha shortly after high school, R. Katz has taught Talmud and ha...

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April 21, 2022 49 min

Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with M. Zuhdi Jasser, MD, the Founder and President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and the author of “A Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith.”

A first-generation American Muslim, Jasser’s parents fled the oppressive Baath regime of Syria in the mid-1960's for American freedom. A devout Muslim, he and his family have stron...

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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Carlos Galindo-Elvira about community partnerships, overcoming hate, and connections between the Latino and Jewish communities.

Carlos Galindo-Elvira is Director of Community Engagement & Partnerships for Chicanos Por La Causa. A longtime civil rights, community and nonprofit leader, Carlos is part of CPLC’s Resource Development team. His duties include corporate and communit...

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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Karolyn Benger about orthodoxy, inclusion, and prayer.

Karolyn Benger is the principal of KB Enterprise, a consulting firm in Phoenix, AZ to nonprofit organizations specializing in social justice. Karolyn is a student at Yeshivah Maharat and was appointed by Phoenix’s Mayor to serve on the Human Relations Commission for the City of Phoenix. She serves on the Jewish Advisory Board...

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November 18, 2021 51 min

Rabbi Michael Beyo talks with Avi Jorisch about Israeli innovators and technology companies that are solving global problems.

Avi Jorisch is a seasoned entrepreneur and the author of five books, including Thou Shalt Innovate: How Israeli Ingenuity Repairs the World (2018). A former official in the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Defense, Avi is a senior fellow at the American Foreign Policy Council, a member at the Council on Fore...

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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Peggy and David Schlesinger about the origins of the Baha'i Faith and its outlook on the past, present, and future of our world.

Peggy and David Schlesinger are members of the Baha'i Faith, an independent world religion that began in Iran in 1844 and has spread to well over 200 countries and territories. The Prophet-founder is Baha’u’llah, which means Glory of God in Engl...

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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Yale Strom about Jewish music, folklore, and other forms of cultural expression.

Yale Strom is a professor at San Diego State University and a violinist, composer, filmmaker, writer, photographer, and playwright. He is a pioneer among revivalists in conducting extensive field research in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans among the Jewish and Roma communities. Initially, ...

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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Jason Caplan about his spiritual journey through Torah and music, his creation of the Universal Language Room, and the writings of Rabbi Abulafia.

Jason Caplan is an entrepreneur, musician, and founder of The Bridge Institute and Beit Abulafia. He has devoted his life to interpersonal communication and bridge building through improvisational music. In 2004 Jason began to create a...

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Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Richard Kasper of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix and Marty Haberer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix about philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofit leadership in the Jewish community.

(Producer's note: This conversation was recorded in December 2020 and discusses Covid-19 in the context of that time.)

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Daphne Lazar Price about her commitment to feminism, Orthodox Judaism, and justice.

    Daphne Lazar Price is Executive Director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. JOFA advocates for expanding women's rights and opportunities within the framework of halakha, to build a vibrant and equitable Orthodox community. Daphne stepped into the role of Executive Director after years o...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Rev. Larry Fultz about interfaith dialogue, the Golden Rule, and the rise of the "nones."

    Rev. Larry Fultz is Executive Director of the Arizona Interfaith Movement, an organization comprised of over 22 different faith communities who have joined together in order to build bridges of understanding, respect and support among diverse people of faith through education, dialog...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Dr. Gary Smith about medical ethics, religion, and living together in community with people who have different values.

    (Producer's note: This conversation was recorded in November 2020 and discusses Covid-19 vaccine research and other topics in the context of that time.)

    Gary A. Smith, MD is Mission President of the California San Jose Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Arizona State Senator Paul Boyer about politics and public service in an era of polemics and hyper-partisanship.

    (Producer's note: This conversation was recorded on June 9, 2021 and mentions legislative issues that may have evolved since that time.)

    State Senator Paul Boyer has served in the Arizona Legislature since 2013, first in the House of Representatives and now in his s...

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    June 3, 2021 51 min

    In this second episode of a two-part sequence, Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre continue to share about their religious and cultural backgrounds and some of the key moments that changed their respective opinions and points of view.

    Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, neighborhood organization that has served individuals and families inclusive of all r...

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    May 20, 2021 31 min

    In this episode, Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk openly about their religious and cultural backgrounds, their families, and their individual journeys through (and beyond) the belief systems they inherited from their respective communities.

    Conversation with the Rabbi is a project of the East Valley Jewish Community Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, neighborhood organization that has served individuals and families incl...

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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Dr. Matthew Gunning about religion and politics in America. We dig into topics such as: 

  • Patterns in how religious affiliation impacts voting in US politics 
  • What the increase in "religiously unaffiliated" means 
  • What the Trump presidency revealed about differences between religious conservative groups (e.g., Mormons and White evangelicals) 
  • Voters who adopt conservative issu...
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    Rabbi Michael Beyo and Dr. Adrian McIntyre talk with Pastor Dan Hoeger about leading a diverse congregation, Lutheran theology, and how to deal with the problematic legacy of Martin Luther's antisemitism.

    Dan Hoeger is the senior pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in north Phoenix. He has been a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 1989. Prior to that he was a lay missionary teaching ESL in Japan for 3 y...

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