Tishrei: Talking to the Dead

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I thought I’d kick off 5773 by exploring Judaism’s relationship with ancestor engagement, or veneration of the dead. I don’t say “worship” because we don’t do that — at least not officially. Although we seem to mention those ancestors an awful lot. Ever heard the phrase, “The G!d/dess Abraham, Issac, and Jacob,” but I digress. […]

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 […]

Pumpkins: The Secret to Sukkot

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Sukkot is coming up, and autumn for us is all about the noble pumpkin. Pumpkin is a squash originating from America. Squash was unknown in Europe until 1492 when Columbus returned. The word squash is of Algonquin origin, a Native American language. Hard shell, mature, yellow-fleshed varieties like turban, acorn and pumpkin often referred to […]

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

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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 […]

PunkTorah Radio: Shmini Atzeret + Simchat Torah Musical Duets

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Since Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are like the ultimate Jewish holiday duet, this musical podcast features cool duets by The Raveonettes, Dubb Nubb, The White Stripes, Crystal Castles and more. Special thanks to Don Kramer who called into the show! Click Here To Play Podcast: Play in new window | Download