• Vayera, Chayei Sarah, Toldot and Vayetzei

    Paul and Aaron discuss parshat Vayera, Chayei Sarah, Toldot and Vayetzei tracking the trends of the familial stories of Genesis, and chat about ancestors, prayer and listening.

    34m | Nov 21, 2023
  • Season 2: Bereshit, Noach, Lech Lecha

    Paul and Aaron begin the cycle again! This time we're taking bigger chunks for each episode. For this first one of the new Torah cycle we'll be exploring the first three Torah portions and explaining overarching themes of the Book of Gensis

    32m | Nov 13, 2023
  • Episode 25: Shoftim

    Here's an unreleased episode from the summer. Take a listen, feel those warm summer vibes, and enjoy a conversation ranging from topics including the purpose of kosher food and how we might relate to powerful influences in society from a Jewish point of view.

    This is the last episode from our first Torah cycle. We're looking forward to exploring a new format in this next cycle, grouping together a few portions for each episode.

    29m | Nov 13, 2023
  • Episode 24: Matot-Massei

    We're finishing up the Book of Numbers this week. Paul and Aaron get into the story of the daughters of Tzlofchad and the resulting gender and inheritance issues.

    18m | Jul 11, 2023
  • Episode 23: Pinchas

    Paul and Aaron discuss Parshat Pinchas, from what the name "Pinchas" might mean, to adventures they've shared on Shmini Atzeret.

    19m | Jul 3, 2023
  • Episode 22: Chukat-Balak

    This week Paul and Aaron explore the idea of prophecy in the Bible through the story of the non-Israelite prophet Bilaam, sent by the Moabite king Balak to curse the Israelites. Listen and and learn with us!

    25m | Jun 30, 2023
  • Episode 21: Korach

    Paul and Aaron discuss the story of Korach and his rebelion, and get into the ideas of afterlife, heavan and hell, inspired by a mention of the mysterious "sheol" in this week's portion.

    29m | Jun 21, 2023
  • Episode 20: Parshat Shlach

    This week Paul and Aaron discuss Parshat Shlach and the story of the 12 spies sent out by Moses to check out the Promised Land.

    25m | Jun 12, 2023
  • Episode 19: Beha'alotcha

    Paul and Aaron discuss the shortest prayer in the Torah and community building as healing as part of this week's exploration of Parshat Beha'alotcha.

    27m | Jun 5, 2023
  • Episode 18: Parshat Nasso

    Paul and Aaron discuss Parshat Nasso. Aaron shares the story of his middle name and we get into the weeds of about contemporary and biblical Nazarites and modes to play with middle paths and more extreme approaches to Jewish life.

    Nazir Temple of One Rami Avraham Efal's contemproary Nazir project, that among other things, creates "individualized or group ceremonies to mark entry into & exit from temporary monastic experiences"

    On Ari Lesser's experience of being dis-invited from speaking at a Modern Orthodox school for having long hair as a nazir:

    28m | May 29, 2023
  • Episode 17: Parshat Bamidbar

    Paul and Aaron dive into the fourth book of the Torah, The Book of Numbers, or Sefer Bamidbar. In this episode they discuss the twelve tribes, and the colour scheme of the tabernacle and which colour best represents Shabbat.

    30m | May 19, 2023
  • Episode 16: Parshat Emor

    Paul and Aaron chat about their recent trip to shul together in Toronto, and get into the weeds (and corners of the fields) discussing Parshat Emor. Speaking vs Saying, the number 7, associative thinking and more!

    24m | May 4, 2023
  • Episode 15: Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

    Paul and Aaron discuss the double Parsha Acharei Mot-Kedoshim. They talk about atonement, Yom Kippur rituals, Jewish ethics and the brief jump into a related section of talmud.

    26m | May 1, 2023
  • Episode 14: Tazria Metzora

    On this week's episode Paul and Aaron dive into the double portion Tazria Metzora, and discuss things being conceived of as "pure and impure" and how it might related to gender and the body.

    31m | Apr 21, 2023
  • Episode 13: Parshat Shmini

    In this week's Al Pi Parsha Podcast, Paul and Aaron discuss Parshat Shmini, from the Book of Leviticus, including talking about ritual purity, kashrut/kosher laws for eating and 8 things we learning from the parsha.

    41m | Apr 14, 2023
  • Episode 12: Tzav

    Aaron and Paul Talk about Parshat Tzav, eternal flames and fires, priests, Jews by choice, and the threads of continuity that keep us tied to community and tradition.

    28m | Mar 29, 2023
  • Episode 11: Parshat Vayikra

    In this week's episode Paul and Aaron discuss Parshat Vayikra, sacrifices, challah, physicality of rituals and literary structures that help us look inward.

    24m | Mar 21, 2023
  • Episode 10: Ki Tisa

    Paul and Aaron are back, after a bit of a break, to chat about Parshat Ki Tisa. They discuss the dramatic moment of the sin of the Golden Calf, chat about drifting away from faith and touch on Moses' radiance/horns.

    29m | Mar 13, 2023
  • Episode 9: Parshat Vayeshev

    Paul and Aaron discuss Parshat Vayeshev, including the story of Tamar and Judah, and family dynamic trends in the Book of Genesis

    28m | Mar 10, 2023
  • Episode 8: Parshat Vayishlach

    Join Paul and Aaron for a light dive into this week’s Torah portion, Vayshilach. 

    We’ll look at the Torah portion from a bird’s eye view, up close and then see how it relates back to Jewish life and life in general.

    This week Paul and Aaron discuss the story of Jacob getting the new name Israel, Samaritans and more

    30m | Mar 10, 2023
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