In the Podsha: A Weekly Parsha Conversation

27 EpisodesProduced by Sam ReinsteinWebsite

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 g… read more

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Parshat Mishpatim with Shlomo Pill

January 31st, 2019


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 …

Parshat Yitro With Rabbi Joshua Berman

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

Parshat Bo with Zahava Bauer

January 9th, 2019


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 …

Parshat Vaera with Miriam Gedwiser

January 2nd, 2019


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 …

Parshat Shmot with Alvin Reinstein

December 24th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Vayechi with Roy Feldman

December 18th, 2018


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.

Parshat Vayigash with Eli Lebowicz

December 13th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Miketz with Dan Margulies

December 4th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Vayeshev with Gershon Albert

November 28th, 2018


(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 …

Parshat Vayishlach with Sara Wolkenfeld

November 21st, 2018


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 …

Parshat Ki Tavo with Rivka Herzfeld

August 28th, 2018


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 …

Podsha Ki Teitzei with Jon Leener

August 22nd, 2018


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.

Parshat Shoftim with Tzipporah Machlah Klapper

August 12th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Re'eh with Josh Botwinick

August 5th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Eikev with Hannah Dreyfus

August 2nd, 2018


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 …

Parshat Vaetchanan with Dovi Nadel

July 23rd, 2018


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 …

Parshat Devarim with Margot Botwinick

July 15th, 2018


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

July 11th, 2018


This week I talk to Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter, Assistant Spiritual Leader at Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah in Potomac, MD. We talk about …

Parshat Pinchas with Tal Attia

July 3rd, 2018


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, …

Parshat Balak with Sarah Robinson

June 25th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Chukat with MaNishtana

June 18th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Korach with Isaiah Rothstein

June 13th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Shelach with Willie Balk

June 13th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Bahaalotecha with Rachel Weber Leshaw

June 13th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Naso with Jeremy Borovitz

June 13th, 2018


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 …

Parshat Bamidbar With Margot Botwinick (Reinstein)

June 13th, 2018


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 …

Welcome to IN THE PODSHA

June 13th, 2018


Introduction episode for In the Podsha with Rabbi Sam Reinstein.

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