July 20, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
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 Introducing our first guest host: Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik
00:08:51 Exploring the text from Bamidbar (Chapter 11:4-6, and 11:18)
00:16:08 A biographical sketch of Moon Knight
00:22:18 What’s the deal with all the Egypt stuff?
00:29:45 Normalizing Judaism in nerd culture
00:36:25 Moon pies and moon pockets
00:38:30 Inalienable characteristics
00:43:45 The interesting Isaac
If you’re interested in seeing more of Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik’s work, check out www.nicejewishartist.com.
If you want to learn more about the art workshops he and his wife lead for organizations, check out www.papermidrash.com.
This episode is supported in part by Sinai and Synapses, which offers people a worldview that is both scientifically grounded and spiritually uplifting. They provide tools and language for learning and living to those who see science as their ally as they pursue personal growth and the repair of our world. Sinai and Synapses helps to equip scientists, clergy and dedicated lay people with knowledge and skills to become role models, ambassadors and activists for grappling with the biggest and most important questions we face. They believe that in order to enhance ourselves and our world, we need both religion and science as sources of wisdom, as the spark for new questions, and as inspiration and motivation.
Through classes, seminars, lectures, videos and writings, they help create a vision of religion that embraces critical thinking and scientific inquiry, and at the same time, gives meaning to people’s lives and helps them make a positive impact on society.
Sinai and Synapses is incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, which links Jewish wisdom with innovative scholarship to deepen civic and spiritual participation in American life. You can learn more at www.sinaiandsynapses.org or @SinaiSynapses on twitter.
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