Converts, Cheesecake, and Other Reasons To Like Shavuot


My Letterman-style Top Ten Reason To Love Shavuot: 10. Cheesecake Brownies. It’s like shooting heroine and cocaine at the same time..only a lot healthier and legal. Dairy and Shavuot go hand-in-hand, and since I seldom eat meat this holiday glorifies everything I love that makes me fat. 9. You get to remember who Ruth is. […]

PunkTorah Secret Book Club Shavuot Fundraiser!

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Our library at PunkTorah has gotten so large (thanks to generous contributions from our friend Mitch) that we no longer have room for our books! Our pain means your gain, which is why we are revamping┬áthe PunkTorah Secret Book Club in honor of Shavuot. When you donate $20.00, you will receive a secret Jewish book […]

Parashat Bamidbar: Claiming a Place

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In the darkness the building was easy to miss. Low and set back from the road, its only distinguishing feature was the number on the door. Inside, men of all ages congregated beneath fluorescent lights, the air heavy with the scent of instant coffee. Fat tomes lay split to reveal compact lines of Hebrew and […]

God Demands Jewish Innovation: Second Passover


As if Passover Number One wasn’t bad enough, on 14 Iyar we are given the opportunity to do Passover all over again with Pesach Sheini, the Second Passover. According to Numbers 9:1-14 (Parshah Behaalotecha), there were certain people back in the old days that couldn’t participate in the official Passover sacrifice. They included people who […]

Your PunkTorah Guide To Passover


  Passover is almost here, and that means house cleaning, grocery shopping, and of course, binge eating chametz! Here at PunkTorah, we have a few resources to make the transition from everyday life to Passover 5774 even easier. Have A Good Laugh Jews love a good joke, and a good story. Mother Morpher has a […]