18Forty Podcast
18Forty Podcast
Nov 23, 2020
Professor Allison Coudert: How did Religion Influence Science? [Science 2/4]
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In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down with Professor Allison Coudert, of the Department of Religious Studies at UC Davis, to discuss the historical interplay of science with religion, and specifically with Kabbalah.

During a 1917 lecture talking about the rational mindset underlying science, Max Weber famously declared that “This means that the world is disenchanted.” Though this sentiment has permeated the public consciousness, Allison thinks the real story is more complicated. She thinks that science and enlightenment philosophy only heightened the magic we humans could experience, and that enlightenment movements have done so historically. In her mind, religion and science aren’t opponents, as they’re so often framed, but engage in a mutually-beneficial relationship, each inspiring and strengthening the other.

- What has the historical interplay of science and religion been?
- What influence has Kabbalah specifically had on scientists’ thought?
- What connotations do the words “modernity” and “enlightenment” tend to evoke in listeners?
- And are these evocations justified?

Tune in to hear Allison Coudert discuss the influence that Jewish thought has had since the Scientific Revolution.

For more, visit https://18forty.org/science/#coudert.
The Great Day Podcast with Meir Kay
The Great Day Podcast with Meir Kay
Meir Kay
Erik Conover - Manifest the Life You Want For Yourself - Episode 58
Erik Conover is an American YouTuber, Real Estate Agent, and adventure filmmaker living in New York City with his fiancé Hanna Coleman and Golden Retriever, Theodore. Erik creates travel series featuring incredible destinations around the World, along with his million-dollar luxury listings series giving viewers exclusive access to some of the most beautiful luxury homes on the market. I met Eric years ago when we both were just starting out building our own YouTube channels. I met him, of places in the elevator going up to the YouTube studios in New York City. I knew this guy was going to do great things. He had that spark. And a few years later, Eric hit his goals, building his YouTube channel to over a million subscribers and through it, landing a job and one of the most prestigious real estate firms, nest seekers. I loved how our conversation captures Erik's authenticity and realness. We take a deep dive into each other's mindset, motivation, and what it truly takes to grow as a person and manifest the life you want for yourself. I learned a lot from this podcast, and my wish is for you to walk away with something of value that helps you take the next steps towards your own dreams and goals. _Connect with Erik_ Twitter Instagram YouTube Website Don't forget to subscribe to The Great Day Podcast Love The Great Day Podcast? Want to find out how to support the show? Click the link below to join my new Patreon page. Become Patron on My Patreon Page HERE! Did I mention that I am now an author?! Check out my new book "A Kids Book About Optimism" And be sure to follow my Instagram page and Facebook page to stay up to date on everything I'm working on. I'm Meir Kay and Have A Great Day! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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MyLife: Chassidus Applied
MyLife: Chassidus Applied
Rabbi Simon Jacobson
Ep. 339: What Are We to Make of President Trump and Events of This Week?
Chassidus Applied to Vaeirah and Rosh Chodesh Shevat  How do we deal with the deepest darkness? The revelation of Havaya in the abyss of Mitzrayim  Bringing Torah and Chassidus to all languages and peoples  President Trump and Events of this Week  From a Torah perspective, what are we to make of the recent events in Washington?  What attitude should we have to President Trump today?   How can we possibly reconcile the great divide in our country today?  Are we headed toward civil war?  Suicide  Suicide is frightening me. Please address this recent tragedy and inspire us all with some light.   Did the Rebbe ever speak about mental illness, suicide and related issues?  Parents and Children  How should I address my husband who chooses not to connect and provide unconditional love to his children because they are more modern?  What can we do about our son who suddenly stopped talking to us?  Chassidus question: What is the maamar called “Der Frumer Va’eirah”?  MyLife 2020 Chassidus Applied Essay and Creative Contest: 11th Place winners:  Essay English: The Lamplighter, Rivka Cohen, 24, Bais Chana Women International,  Hometown: Jerusalem, Israel  Essay Hebrew (men): חיים קלים עם אנשים קשים, Mr. Yahal Dahan, Tzfat, Israel  Essay Hebrew (women): מסע פנימי לגאולה, Mrs. Binah Nachshon, Jerusalem, Israel  Creative: My Garden (poetry), Yosef Kaufmann, 27, Sofer, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Jewish History Matters
Jewish History Matters
Jason Lustig
61: The Blood Libel Accusation with Magda Teter
Magda Teter joins us to discuss the history of the blood libel accusation and its continued relevance. Listen in for a wide-ranging conversation about the history of the blood libel, its origin and how it has transformed over the century, and what it tells us about misinformation and how it spreads. Magda Teter is Professor of History and the Shvidler Chair of Judaic Studies at Fordham University. She is the author of numerous books, most recently Blood Libel: On the Trail of An Antisemitic Myth (Harvard, 2020), which we’ll talk about today. You can also check out the accompanying website, www.thebloodlibeltrail.org, where you can explore the book as well as fascinating maps and other related media about the antisemitic myth. The blood libel is one of the long-standing false accusations against the Jews, the myth—in different variations—that Jews murdered Christian children and used their blood for various rituals. It’s obviously, patently false, and yet it has persisted across nearly a thousand years. From medieval England to modern Nazi antisemitism and beyond, we see the imagery of the blood libel persists - even in new forms like the conspiracy theories of QAnon. As Magda Teter argues, these accusations became a vehicle for different anxieties about Jews, and about the world at large. And further, it was the printing press which enabled the proliferation and persistence of these false myths and disinformation, which when published allowed them both to spread more widely and also gave them an air of “respectability” because they existed in print. This allows us to think deeply about the role of media technologies—both in medieval and early modern Europe, and also more recently with the internet—as avenues not for the spread of information, but misinformation.
1 hr 4 min
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