Nathan Lopes Cardozo

Podcasts: On music, religion, and the importance of raising children

As I mentioned last week, due to severe lack of funds, I’ve had to leave our offices. This means that I won’t be able to write new Thoughts to Ponder on a regular basis.

I will be able to send out one Thought to Ponder every four weeks. For the other three, I will send out podcasts of about 10-15 minutes on various religious topics.

These podcasts are replies to the profound questions by my dear friend Rabbi Ari Ze’ev Schwartz of Jerusalem, author of The Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook.

Here are the next two podcasts:

Music as a Religious Experience.
In this podcast I discuss the tremendous influence which music has had on my life and on my religious development, and how music informs my understanding of halacha and the encounter with God.

How many children should one have?
In this podcast I argue that if I were a convinced atheist, I probably would not have children. For the religious person, it is important to have children, but one should give every child enough time and attention before the next child arrives. One must also not put mothers under tremendous strain.  At the same time I greatly admire the ultra-orthodox community for having many children and explain what the advantages are.

I hope that these thoughts will contribute to a most meaningful Rosh Hashana!!

Ketiva VeChatima tova,
Nathan Lopes Cardozo

About the Author
Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo is the Founder and Dean of the David Cardozo Academy and the Bet Midrash of Avraham Avinu in Jerusalem. A sought-after lecturer on the international stage for both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences, Rabbi Cardozo is the author of 13 books and numerous articles in both English and Hebrew. Rabbi Cardozo heads a Think Tank focused on finding new Halachic and philosophical approaches to dealing with the crisis of religion and identity amongst Jews and the Jewish State of Israel. Hailing from the Netherlands, Rabbi Cardozo is known for his original and often fearlessly controversial insights into Judaism. His ideas are widely debated on an international level on social media, blogs, books and other forums.