Parshat Pekudei (Jodie Foster, Adult ADD and Zen Buddhism for Jews)

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Editor’s Note: It’s #FlashbackFriday with this old video from PunkTorah, originally posted March 2009! The insights I got from watching the really bad Jodie Foster movie Contact, suffering from adult ADD and Zen Buddhism made me better understand Parshat Pekudei.

Parsha Mishpatim, Rapid Fire Jewish Banjo + Mitzvot (Torah Video Mashup)

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Laws, laws and more laws. But it’s a heck of a lot less boring when they’re read over an eight year old boy playing banjo like a you-know-what!

Parting the “Red Sea” with Heston, Spielberg and a High School Homecoming Game: Parsha Beshalach (Torah Video Mashup)

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Just like it says: three ways to part the Red Sea aka Sea of Reeds. What’s your favorite miracle?

Parshah Vayechi – Oh, Smack! Karate Kid, Red Lobster and Fiddler on the Roof

The Friday night blessing in traditional communities includes the phrase “may you be like Ephraim and Manasseh.” Here’s what I’m wondering: why do we mention Ephraim and Manasseh? I mean, most prayers mention Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…so what the heck are Ephraim and Mannaseh randomly doing in this prayer? In Parsha Vayechi, Jacob “elevates” the […]

Did God Cause the Sandy Hook School Tragedy? Parsha Vayigash + Torah Video Mashup

There’s an old saying that everything happens for a reason. In this week’s Torah portion, Vayigash, Joseph finally reveals his identity to his brothers. The brothers are overcome by shame and remorse for what they did to Joseph. But Joseph says something very interesting to them. Joseph says, “It was not you who sent me […]