It Gets Better


  Click here and take the pledge and help spread our message of hope. It Gets Better. THE PLEDGE: Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll […]

Simchas Toy-rah, Google SEO, and Why No One Cares That You’re A Convert

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Let’s talk about Google SEO, Simchat Torah and why people are super paranoid about being outed as converts. SEO I heard from a friend of mine that a certain Jewish movement was going to begin focusing heavily on Internet SEO (search engine optimization) because some of their Jewish learning resources were not coming up on […]

Bereishit Haftarah: Our Story, Told Again


This week, we observe the holiday of Simchat Torah, which means “rejoice in the Torah” as we complete a cycle of Torah reading. During the year, the weekly parshot have taken us through the entire Torah. Amidst the spirited festivities of this holiday, we read through the last chapter of Deuteronomy and dive right into […]

DIY PVC Pipe Sukkahs and PunkTorah Retro-Sukkot Videos…It’s A Succos Showdown!


It’s Sukkot, which means building the ancient Hebrew version of the double wide trailer, probably going to the emergency room when you whack your hand with a hammer, and of course, eating! Here at PunkTorah, we have all your Sukkot needs taken care of with our Succos Showdown! Here’s a retro-video of me and Michael […]

HaShem’s Avatars: Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

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While Shavuot probably deserves the title of Least Appreciated Jewish Holiday among progressive Jews, I’d also like to argue that the trifecta of Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah is probably a close second. Sure, some people do the sukkah, but I don’t exactly see my neighbors sleeping in them. Plus, when your sukkah has […]

Convert to Judaism Online with Reform, Conservative and Jewish Renewal Rabbis

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Our sister website Darshan Yeshiva has Reform, Conservative, Jewish Renewal, and Post-Denominational rabbis ready to help you convert to Judaism at your own pace. Our program takes ten months and includes online learning, one-on-one mentorship with your rabbi, bet din and mikvah. Our rabbis passed a rigorous vetting process (so you know they’re legitimate), and […]