Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews

Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews

Where our lives of Jewish learning collide with our love of Nerd Culture. Join us as we will explore Jewish texts, history, and values and the apparent and invisible connections to your favorite movies, characters, and hobbies. www.torahsmash.com

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September 27, 2022 42 min

September 28, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 12 - Choice Effect 3

Finally, our first video game based episode! Ethan shares his insights to one of the most controversial decisions from the last decade that was made in the virtual RPG world. Listen to the episode or not, the choice is entirely yours. Or at least maybe that’s what we want you to think.

00:00:43 - Exploring Mishneh Torah Hilchot Teshuvah
00:05:15 - T...

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September 14, 2022
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Episode 11 - Movie Midrash: Iyov and Thunder

We proudly present our second Movie Midrash episode! Join us as we review the recently released Thor: Love and Thunder, and discover which biblical character’s story has immense similarity to one of the main characters in this newest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

00:00:53 - Initial Reactions to Thor 4
00:08:33 - The perce...

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August 31, 2022
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Episode 10: It’s Daf Yomi, Mr. Frodo! …With Special Guest Miriam Anzovin

We form a small fellowship as we are joined by writer, visual artist, and TikTok creator, Miriam Anzovin. Explore the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and many other nerd culture references. as we consider the forces of good and bad in the ordinary and extraordinary.

00:04:24 Lord of the Rings inspires a child
00:12:...

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August 16, 2022 45 min

August 17, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 9 - Finding the Value of Why

There are distinct similarities between the subject of Mathematics and the study of Judaism. We won’t ask you to come up to the chalkboard to prove it, but make sure you have your pocket protectors and TI-85 ready for today’s class…I mean episode.

00:00:38 - Barak’s start with Mathematics
00:04:52 - Judaism can be found in everything
00:06:08 - ...

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August 2, 2022 34 min

August 3, 2022
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Episode 8 - What Would Picard Do?

Ethan held off as long as he could, so for his second time in the host seat we are exploring strange new worlds, new civilizations, and Star Trek’s prime directive (aka Starfleet General Order 1).

00:01:28 Going where no podcast has gone before
00:05:01 What is Judaism’s prime directive?
00:12:47 Can you separate values and practice?
00:15:26 When it’...

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July 20, 2022
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Episode 7 - For You Were Once A Superhero in Egypt

Our first guest host, Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, reminds us how often Jews think about Egypt. Whether we are remembering through Passover, through our mezuzot, or through Torah study, Egypt seems to be a recurring theme for Jews. We’re pretty much like superheroes in that way, or at least one superhero in particular.

00:01:11 Introduc...

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July 6, 2022
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Episode 6 - Movie Midrash: Mussar of Madness

You asked for a deeper dive into movies, so we give you our first Movie Midrash episode! Jump into the multiverse with us and learn what Jewish path Dr. Stephen Strange finds himself on in his most recent MCU appearance.

00:01:41 Popcorn Chat - Dr. Strange 2
00:13:47 Drawing the connection to Judaism
00:15:58 A Strange Mussar path
00:22:08 A ...

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We explore Jewish texts, history, and values and the apparent and invisible connections to your favorite movies, characters, and hobbies. 
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June 22, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 5 - Leadership Without Vision

You’ve never studied parsha Yitro like this! Leadership is filled with difficult choices and can’t happen in a bubble. Listen to this episode at your next leadership training! Trust us, your leaders are also fans of nerd culture!

00:01:22 Barak explains Yitro “in a nutshell”
00:07:42 Spoiler alerts ahead for WandaVision
00:08:50 Wanda can only do ...

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June 7, 2022 48 min

June 8, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 4: The American Immigrant

For his first episode in the lead chair, Rabbi David Young explores stories of Jewish immigration and its ties to one of America’s most famous superheroes!

00:01:20 - RDY Introduces the topic of Jewish Immigration and this episode’s nerdy connection
00:03:30 - The connections between Moses and Superman
00:10:36 - Everyone seems to change their names, j...

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May 25, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 3: Pretty Fly for a Text Study

We grew up adoring the music and lyrics by "Weird Al" Yankovic and always wished that we could dive deep in a text study of one of his songs. Today, that dream finally came true. Oy vey! Oy vey!

00:00:55 - Ethan dives into Weird Al’s 10th studio album
00:05:28 - What is Jewish Identity?
00:09:00 - Who defines a “fly” rabbi?
00:13:15 - Our t...

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May 24, 2022 32 min

May 25, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 2: Marvelous Mensch

We discern the true meaning of the word "mensch" outside of its pop culture definition. Join us as we reveal which popular character from a recent record-breaking blockbuster movie encompasses this true definition of how to behave in the world.

00:00:51 - Barak’s favorite word in Jewish culture
00:03:34 - Spoiler alert for Spiderman: No Way Home
00:0...

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May 22, 2022 43 min

May 23, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 1: Origin Stories

Welcome to Torah Smash!
Discover the background behind your newest favorite podcast, Torah Smash! Meet your hosts, hear their stories, and learn how they became super nerdy Jews. …Or should we say Jewish super nerds?

00:00:47 - The journey of getting to Episode 1
00:02:50 - Allow ourselves to introduce… ourselves
00:07:15 - Jewish super nerd or super Jewish ner...

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