August 31, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
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
00:12:03 Let’s Smash This!
00:15:34 The yetzer hara and yetzer hatov of Middle Earth
00:20:15 Schleps, birthdays, and the letter G
00:26:10 How the One Ring would affect each host
00:36:24 The real nerd of Boston
00:37:31 Destroying the yetzer hara: a midrash
00:42:29 Reactions and conversations are teachings
00:45:14 Closing banter with Miriam
If you’re interested in following Miriam on social media, you can find her on TikTok, Instagram, and Youtube (@miriamanzovin) or on Twitter (@anzovina).
You can discover more about Miriam’s work on her website: www.miriamanzovin.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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