August 3, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
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’s okay to break Judaism’s prime directive
00:21:12 Best Starfleet Captain
00:29:42 Favorite depiction of the Star Trek Universe
This episode is sponsored 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.
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