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 Feb 21, 2022
Very informative. I loved the one about trees.

 Jan 18, 2022
A fantastic podcast! Funny, thoughtful, informative, and inspiring. As a jew by choice, when I listen I feel as though we're all learning together in honesty and openness. Please keep making these!


Welcome to Chutzpod! -- ancient texts for modern times. Chutzpod! is a weekly podcast in which Rabbi Shira Stutman, Joshua Malina, and honored guests bring a Jewish lens to life's toughest questions: Who do I want to be in this one life? How do we work to heal this broken world? And how, dear G-d, did gefilte fish become a thing? It's a podcast for people of all or no faiths; Hebrew school truants and proud yeshiva graduates; those who want to be inspired but don't want to schlep to synagogue; basically, anyone trying to live a meaningful life during these trying times. Joshua and Shira have had radically different career trajectories and live on opposite ends of America, but do what Jews do best... teach and learn; crack jokes; and argue with one another about everything under the sun.

Episode Date
1.30 CHUTZPOD! Live!

St. Paul's Temple of Aaron hosts the first-ever live taping of the show. The Minnesota Chutzsquad welcomes Rabbi Shira and Joshua for a lively conversation about the holiday of Tisha B'Av.

Episode timecode:

(36:30) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation

Aug 05, 2022
1.29 Take it Down a Notch

With the help of this week's double Torah portion (Mattot-Massei), and Hulu's new show "The Bear", Rabbi Shira explores with Joshua alternatives to violence when conflict arises.

Episode Timecode:

(33:40) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation

Jul 29, 2022
1.28 Tough Love

What’s to be done when the Torah text we revere appears problematic? Dig deeper! Rabbi Shira guides Joshua through the challenges of this week’s portion, Pinchas, and what it has to say about interfaith marriages.

Episode Timecode:

(36:15) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Mediation

Jul 22, 2022
1.27 Big Block of G'vina (Mailbag)

On our 2nd Mailbag Edition, Rabbi Shira and Joshua answer listener questions. Is chicken parm kosher? And how do we make circumcision cool again? These are just two examples of what you'll hear in this episode.

Episode Timecodes:

(04:48) Q1 on circumcision

(15:01) Q2 on chicken parmesan

(21:56) Q3 on Jewish events & mask protocols

(27:06) Q4 on Philosemitism

(35:00) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation

Jul 15, 2022
1.26 Speak the Speech, I Pray You (w/ Sarah Hurwitz)

Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome Sarah Hurwitz. A senior speechwriter for President Obama, and head speechwriter for the First Lady, Sarah critiques Moses as a communicator in this week’s Torah portion, Chukat.

Episode Timecodes:

(10:20) Interview with Sarah Hurwitz

(46:20) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Jul 08, 2022
1.25 Roe Overturned (w/ Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt, Rabba Sara Hurwitz, Rabbi Annie Lewis, & George Newbern)

After the Supreme Court's ruling, Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome three esteemed rabbis to take a look at some Jewish text in an effort to contemplate the court's decision, and frame a Jewish response.

Episode Timecodes:

(06:05) Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt and Rabba Sara Hurwitz join the show

(31:30) George Newbern defines the Hebrew/Yiddish terms used in our episode

(36:15) Rabbi Annie Lewis’ Guest Meditation

Jul 01, 2022
1.24 Pride Month (w/ Michael Twitty)

This week the Rabbi and Joshua speak to an unforgettably unique guest, author Michael Twitty as this weekend is "NYC Pride".  Michael is an African-American Jew, who identifies with the LGBTQ community, and has an upcoming book titled: "Koshersoul: The Faith and Food Journey of an African American Jew".

Episode Timecodes:

(08:30) Michael Twitty Interview

(37:35) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation

Jun 24, 2022
1.23 Love the Stranger As Yourself (w/ Mark Hetfield & Melanie Nezer)

As World Refugee Day is on Monday June 20th, Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome on a pair of important voices from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), which is the oldest refugee organization in the world.  Mark Hetfield is the CEO & President of HIAS and Melanie Nezer is its Senior VP, Global Public Affairs.

Episode Timecodes:

(05:10) Interview w/ Mark & Melanie

(39:10) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation

Jun 17, 2022
1.22 Nazirite... Amirite?

The rabbi and Joshua get back to basics, taking a look at this week’s Torah portion, Nasso, and exploring Judaism’s perspectives on asceticism, charity, and humility.

Episode Timecode:

(34:08) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Jun 10, 2022
1.21 Shavuot? What's That? (w/ Rabba Yaffa Epstein and Rabbi David Schuck)

Rabbi Shira and Joshua shine a spotlight on the surprisingly esoteric Jewish holiday of Shavuot, which is coming up in early June. A tradition of the holiday is to stay up all night studying Torah and in that spirit, we welcome on Rabba Yaffa Epstein and Rabbi David Schuck.

Episode Timecodes:

(00:00) Rabbi Shira’s thoughts after the shooting in Texas

(13:44) Rabba Yaffa Epstein and Rabbis David Schuck join the show

(46:01) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation and Counting of the Omer

May 27, 2022
1.20 The Jewish Movement for Abortion Justice (w/ Sheila Katz)

SUMMARY: Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome the CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, Sheila Katz. Together, they discuss Jewish thought on reproductive rights, when life begins, and what can be done in response to the Supreme Court's intention to overturn Roe vs. Wade.

Episode Timecodes:

(04:45) Sheila Katz Interview

(35:04) Quick interviews with those attending the Abortion Justice Rally in D.C.

May 20, 2022
1.19: Ink- It's Not Just for Torahs (w/ Janel Moloney)

In this episode, Rabbi Shira and Joshua discuss the ins and outs of Judaism's tattoo taboo. Is it verboten? Where on the sliding scale of sin does it fall?  And the biggie: will a tattoo get you barred from a Jewish cemetery?

Episode Timecodes:

(25:18) Janel Moloney defines the Hebrew & Yiddish terms used in our episode

(28:51) Rabbi Shira's Guided Meditation as we count the Omer

May 13, 2022
1.18 The Uncomfortable Middle: Jeffrey Goldberg on his visit with Volodymyr Zelensky

The Rabbi and Joshua welcome editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, to discuss his fascinating sit-down with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at his compound in Kyiv. Goldberg explains the similarities that Zelensky shares with many American Jews and why it is so noteworthy that Ukraine's President is Jewish at this particular time.

(09:02) Jeffrey Goldberg Interview

(33:47) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation as we count the Omer

May 06, 2022
1.17 Blue and White and Gray (w/ Leah Solomon and Layla Alsheikh)

Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome Israeli and Palestinian guests to the podcast to engage in an inclusive and nuanced conversation around Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut.

Episode Timecodes:

(6:15) Leah Solomon Interview

(38:18) Layla Alsheikh Interview

(60:45) Reading the names of those who recently were killed in the region

Apr 29, 2022
1.16 I Want You to Know We Are Still Here (w/ Esther Safran Foer & Franklin Foer)

Joshua and Rabbi Shira reconvene after spending Passover seder with friends and family. As Yom HaShoah (Holocause Remembrance Day) approaches, we take this opportunity to hear an unforgettable family story from Esther Safran Foer and her son Franklin Foer about their ancestry that was affected by the Holocaust. Esther has written a book titled, “I Want You to Know We’re Still Here: A Post Holocaust Memoir” about her experiences.

Episode Timecodes:

(08:42) Interview with Esther and Franklin

(42:58) Rabbi Shira “Counts the Omer”

Apr 22, 2022
1.15 Can We Sing "Go Down Moses" at the Seder? (w/ Rabbi Sandra Lawson)

As Passover has arrived, we welcome to the Chutzpod! Seder Table a very different Jewish background and perspective from Shira & Joshua. Rabbi Sandra Lawson is one of the world’s first African American, queer, female rabbis. She works with Reconstructing Judaism to help it realize its deeply held aspiration of becoming an anti-racist organization and movement.

Episode Timecodes:

(03:51) Rabbi Sandra Lawson Interview

(34:42) Rabbi Shira’s Reads a Moving Speech from Alla Gutnikova

Apr 15, 2022
1.14 The Podcast of our Affliction (w/ Dan Pashman & John Ross Bowie)

Our hosts discuss the upcoming festival of Passover, and the symbols and goals of a meaningful seder. Plus, Rabbi Shira chats with The Sporkful's Dan Pashman about Passovers past, and a spiritual connection to eating.

Episode Timecodes:

(20:32) Dan Pashman Interview

(39:27) John Ross Bowie defines Hebrew & Yiddish terms used in our episode

(44:35) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Apr 08, 2022
1.13 Why is the Episode Different from all Others? (w/ Hrishikesh Hirway)

…because on all other episodes we talk about what we want to talk about, but in THIS episode we talk about what you want to talk about! And never mind four, we answer SIX listener questions. Get your hosts’ takes on therapy, Luther, volunteerism, and more!

Episode Timecodes:

(40:05) Hrishikesh Hirway defines Hebrew & Yiddish terms used in our episode

(42:58) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Apr 01, 2022
1.12 Bubbling Hunk of Unidentifiable Food (w/ Noah Emmerich)

Fins, and scales, and split hooves…. oh my! The Rabbi and Josh get back to the text, as they look at the Torah portion Shmini, which includes the laws of keeping kosher, and they ponder how to sanctify the act of eating.

Episode Timecodes:

(38:19) Noah Emmerich defines Hebrew & Yiddish terms used in our episode

(40:47) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Mar 25, 2022
1.11 LIVE Purim Edition (w/ Elon Gold, Eitan Levine, & Scott Weiner)

As Purim begins at sunset on Wednesday, “Chutzpod!” follows suit. This is a unique episode as you will hear a live Zoom taping where Joshua & Shira were joined by a legion of the “Chutzsquad”. Multiple guests came by as we do our best to fulfill all of the Purim Mitzvot (Commandments). Coming your way are Megillah Readings, the “Jewish or Antisemitic” game show, virtual costume changes, drinking games, Larry David stories, raising money to feed the less fortunate, and so much more all in under an hour.

Episode Timecodes:

(00:00) Purim Shpiel

(08:57) First Megillah Reading by Scott Weiner

(09:46) Elon Gold (Actor) swings by

(23:11) Second Megillah Reading by Scott Weiner

(25:30) Eitan Levine (Comedian) leads “Jewish or Antisemitic” Game Show

(35:10) Third Megilah Reading by Scott Weiner

(39:45) Fourth Megillah Reading by Scott Weiner

(43:18) Joshua’s Guided Meditation

Mar 16, 2022
1.10 Celebrating 100 Years of the Bat Mitzvah (w/ Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Hermann)

In March of 1922 in New York City, twelve year-old Judith Kaplan had the first ever Bat Mitzvah and we are here to celebrate this momentous occasion. Rabbi Shira tells Joshua about her own Bat Mitzvah and explains the reasoning for why this rite of passage occurs when it does. Our interview this episode is with Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Hermann, who works at SAJ, where Judith made history 100 years ago. We also sprinkle in other touching first-hand Bat Mitzvah stories for you to enjoy.

Episode Timecodes:

(05:17) Malina sisters share their Bat Mitzvah memories

(16:13) Interview with Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Hermann

(43:44) Rabbi Shira’s Bat Mitzvah Speech

Mar 11, 2022
1.09 On the Tragedy in Ukraine (w/ Oksana Galkevich)

As tragedies continue in Ukraine, Joshua & Rabbi Shira dedicate this episode to the 200K+ Jewish people who live there and are in harms way. The episode begins by letting people know the ways they can help and what Jewish relief organizations are lending their support. Then we are joined by Oksana Galkevich, born in Ukraine and as of the past few years living in Israel, who has assisted the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) with many operations in Ukraine and the Former Soviet Union.

Episode Timecodes:

(05:30) Rabbi Shira’s quick primer on the Jewish Worldwide Relief Organizations

(07:58) Interview with Oksana Galkevich

(27:40) Special Joint Meditation reading

Mar 04, 2022
1.08 Communities: A Love/Hate Story (w/ Wajahat Ali, Dule Hill & Jazmyn Simon)

What is the purpose of a community? Rabbi Shira and Joshua look at this very simple yet complex question in this episode that aligns with the Torah portion “Vayakhel”. They are then joined by the esteemed author Wajahat Ali for his unique viewpoint on the subject.

Episode Timecodes:

(17:32) Wajahat Ali Interview

(41:07) Dule Hill & Jazmyn Simon define the Hebrew & Yiddish (and even Aramaic) terms used in our episode

(43:37) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Feb 25, 2022
1.07 Living with Uncertainty (w/ Miriam Anzovin and James Roday Rodriguez)

Our hosts welcome the Queen of TikTok Talmud to the show, and they discuss the Golden Calf, feeling lost without a leader, and the rabbi under your bed.

Episode Timecodes:

(18:20) Miriam Anzovin Interview

(39:21) James Roday Rodriguez defines Hebrew/Yiddish terms used in the episode

(42:18) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Feb 18, 2022
1.06 Ancient Magic 8 Ball (w/ Jonathan Greenblatt, Melissa Merwin-Malina, & Russell Shaw)

Rabbi Shira and Joshua welcome ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt to the show, to discuss antisemitism in general, and Whoopi Goldberg’s comments on the Holocaust in particular. Also, we talk about what we’re wearing, who we’re wearing, and why we’re wearing. And…our hosts welcome their spouses to the show!

Episode Timecodes:

(05:40) Melissa Merwin (Joshua’s wife & costumer) Interview on the performative nature of wearing clothing

(29:41) Jonathan Greenblatt Interview

(45:57) Russell Shaw (Shira’s husband) defines the Hebrew & Yiddish terms used in the episode

(48:40) Rabbi’s Shira’s Guided Meditation

Feb 11, 2022
1.05 Sacred Spaces (w/ Mayer Rus & Phill LaMarr)

This week Rabbi Shira and Joshua are joined by Architectural Digest’s Mayer Rus. Together they look at the weekly Torah portion, Terumah, and consider the specificity of the instructions for constructing the Tabernacle, the portable sanctuary for worship built by the Israelites in the desert.

Episode Timecodes:

(17:47) Mayer Rus Interview

(37:58) Phil LaMarr defines Hebrew/Yiddish terms used in the episode

(42:07) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Feb 04, 2022
1.04 De-emphasizing the Truth (w/ Jamie Raskin & Mary McCormack)

With the week’s Torah portion, Mishpatim, as a guide, Rabbi Shira and Josh probe the Jewish take on lying — is it ever acceptable? And we are joined by Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), who discusses his new book “Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth, and the Trials of American Democracy”.

Episode Timecodes:

(25:01) Mary McCormack defines Hebrew & Yiddish terms we mentioned

(28:02) Congressman Jamie Raskin Interview

(46:35) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Jan 28, 2022
1.03 Daily Acts of Revelation (w/ David Wain & Ken Marino)

Rabbi Shira and Joshua discuss the giving of the Ten Commandments, and what it takes to be prepared for “revelation” in our lives. Then they kick back with actor-writer-director David Wain to discuss his connection to Judaism, and the Ten Commandments-inspired film he co-wrote and directed, “The Ten”.

Episode Timecodes:

(26:01) David Wain Interview

(46:30) Ken Marino defines the Hebrew & Yiddish terms we mentioned

(48:09) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Jan 21, 2022
After Colleyville

A Bonus episode in which Josh and Rabbi Shira reflect upon this past weekend’s hostage situation at a synagogue in Texas.

Jan 18, 2022
1.02 Bring Me a Shrubbery (w/ Mark Donovan & Scott Foley)

Don’t pack away those NYE decorations just yet! Rabbi Shira and Joshua discuss Tu Bishvat, the Jewish “New Year of the Trees.”  They’ll help you spruce up your observance with new ways to celebrate an ancient holiday. Also, we book our first guest, and it’s Santa Claus. No, really.

Episode Timecodes:

(15:30) Mark Donovan Interview

(48:10) Scott Foley defines Hebrew/Yiddish terms used on the podcast

(51:05) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Jan 14, 2022
1.01 Mixed Multitude (w/ Josh Charles)

This week’s Torah Portion, “Bo,” mentions the “mixed multitude” that left Egypt with the Israelites. Who were these “others,” and who are the "others" in our own lives today?

Also, if Josh and Rabbi Shira went on a reality TV show together, which one would it be?

Episode Timecodes:

(32:46) Actor Josh Charles defines the Hebrew/Yiddish terms used on the podcast

(34:51) Rabbi Shira’s Guided Meditation

Jan 07, 2022

In this teaser episode, we give you a taste of what’s to come in Chutzpod!
Rabbi Shira and Joshua discuss the Jewish approach to liminality — moving forward from the past, actually being present in the present, and turning gratefully to the future. We look at the Shehechiyanu blessing, which gives thanks to the Source of All for giving us life, sustaining us, and bringing us to new moments. Even the tough ones.

Dec 01, 2021