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 […]

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 […]

Online High Holiday Services @ OneShul.org


Join us for TEN online High Holidays services and classes at our sister website,¬†OneShul.org. Attending is simple: visit OneShul.org, type in your name in the chat room, and you are all set. You can also RSVP on Facebook. All services are listed in Eastern Time. ROSH HASHANAH Sept 3 @ 8PM: Beginner Rosh Hashanah Class […]

Tishrei: Talking to the Dead


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. […]

Cabbage Roll Casserole


Cabbage Roll Casserole is a convenient, easy meat recipe for any occasion. This is one of those dishes that tastes better after it stays in the fridge for a day or two. Ingredients: 2 tbsp. oil 2 lbs. ground lean beef 1 large onion, chopped 1 medium cabbage, coarsely chopped 1 28 oz. can diced […]