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The first, best, and ONLY Jewish Supernatural podcast. Tune in each week as Jules (any pronouns) and Iscah (they/them) make a bad tv show slightly better by making it Jewish.

The first, best, and ONLY Jewish Supernatural podcast. Tune in each week as Jules (any pronouns) and Iscah (they/them) make a bad tv show slightly better by making it Jewish.

Location:

United States

Description:

The first, best, and ONLY Jewish Supernatural podcast. Tune in each week as Jules (any pronouns) and Iscah (they/them) make a bad tv show slightly better by making it Jewish.

Language:

English


Episodes

Ep 14 - Suck It Up, CW

12/21/2021
This week: Exposure therapy for secondhand embarrassment, making dick jokes about angels, Dean doesn’t know how to destroy a hard drive, the return of Buffynatural, and the JJ Bittenbinder school of vampire hunting. References: Rat Park - Wikipedia“Prayer is no panacea, no substitute for action.” -- Abraham Joshua HeschelB’shem HashemIshim (angel) - WikipediaAngels as Human ByproductsEncyclopedia of Jewish Myth, Magic, and MysticismLast rites - WikipediaWhat happened to all the pussy in...

Duration:01:40:02

Ep 13 - The Spider-Man Routine Accomplished Nothing

11/30/2021
This week: Scenes that aged like milk on a radiator, the era when they cared about demon possession victims, mid-00s homophobia that turned into real bisexuality, rescuing a kid from ghost-induced drowning...2!, and Jules’s boyfriend Special Agent Victor Henriksen. (Supernatural Season 2, Episodes 10, 11, and 12) References: Real Actors on SPNArchived VersionPictureDean and Sam’s Paramilitary UpbringingArchived VersionDown to AgincourtBorscht BeltYou can also find us on Twitter...

Duration:01:21:57

Ep 12 - Every Simple Human Vice and Virtue

11/24/2021
This week: Little sibling crimes of being taller, a sprinkling of daloy politsey, Sam gets snubbed by the FBI, Elijah the Prophet is playing with your dogs, and the covenant is just Eldest Daughter Disorder writ large. (Supernatural Season 2, Episodes 7, 8, and 9) References: SPN Wiki Transcript SearchThe Usual Suspects [Archived]The Story Iscah Vaguely RemembersThe complexity of reasons people could get into huntingArchived VersionBlack DogsThe Black Dog of Meriden, CTPerception of Dogs...

Duration:01:29:53

Ep 11 - Infinite Salt Protection Tube

10/20/2021
This week: The boys could both benefit from some weed, emotions are little brother nonsense, apologies to Jules' mom for ragging on philosophy, the haunted post office episode we should have gotten, and debating the merits of different hairstyles. References: The uncle who put up the headstoneArchived VersionDeath and Mourning in JudaismDean's Amulet - Super-wikiWhy do all monsters have superstrength?Archived VersionPictureHH HolmesYou can also find us on Twitter @menschofletters and on...

Duration:01:44:52

Ep 10 - Demon Hunter's Quarterly

10/12/2021
This week: A Lulav-ly guest star, worms and Worms and vurms, kings breaking necromancy prohibitions, no such thing as scars or head trauma, and the math of plane crashes vs. serial killer clowns. References: 82 — Naso: Angel's on First — Kosher Queers!"ben edlund...looks like a goat that got turned into a human"ArchivedPictureSmile TimeThe Others (2001 film)The Book of AbramelinExodus 30:36Kol Nidrei SamaelJewish Naming PracticesCan a Child Be Named After a Living Person?DEATH, VIEWS AND...

Duration:01:56:10

Ep 9 - The Honeymoon Phase

10/1/2021
This week: A living fossil of mid-00’s television, all questions and no answers, ghosts as a diaspora metaphor, what if it was more like X-Men, and everything is fresh and not yet beat into the ground. (Supernatural Season 1) References: "If they grapple with the nature of monstrosity twice a season..."The ShemaMaking hunters more than protectors of white suburbiaFridging You can also find us on Twitter @menschofletters and on Tumblr at menschofletters.tumblr.com. If you like what we're...

Duration:01:00:24

Ep 8 - Demons Creating Literary Symmetry

9/24/2021
This week: Clown foreshadowing, a list of impossible things, making holy water wrong, people who are unimpressed with the Winchesters, and Trivial Pursuit: Sammy’s Psychic Powers edition. (Supernatural Season 1, Episodes 21 and 22) References: Mandaic language - WikipediaHoly water - WikipediaKey of Solomon - WikipediaJewish Exorcism You can also find us on Twitter @menschofletters and on Tumblr at menschofletters.tumblr.com. If you like what we're doing, you can support us on Patreon!...

Duration:01:19:42

Ep 7 - The Haunted Portrait of Theseus

9/10/2021
This week: Dean and Sam aren’t WASPs, a one-scene heist movie, Jules goes full Pepe Silvia over G-d as an author, Elijah is NOT a vampire, and it’s wildly easy to trick John Winchester. (Supernatural Season 1, Episodes 19 and 20) References: Working Class as a Signifier of Masculinity (Web Archive)Tag ScreenshotWorking Class as a Signifier of Masculinity (Original)A Swarm of Evil BeesExodus 20:4 with ConnectionsNosferatu (word)Lilith and lilin as blood drinkers You can also find us on...

Duration:00:57:55

Ep 6 - Hit Those Parallel Buttons

8/27/2021
This week: Jules is probably not getting murdered by a daeva, Dean is Miette-coded, our new plastic surgeon OC, sometimes the solution is arson, and 19th century Wisconsin newspapers were totally on the cutting edge of photojournalism. (Supernatural Season 1, Episodes 16, 17, and 18) References: Our Town: Study GuideDaevaCross of Saint PeterVintras, Eugène (1807-1875)Nirmāṇakāya - WikipediaJewish Bedtime Prayers20 Jewish Superstitions That Will Absolutely Ward Off the Evil Eye –...

Duration:01:40:37

Ep 5 - Throwing Away the Whole Suitcase

8/20/2021
This week: Keeping ghosts secret except when we yell about them in public, hearteyes for THEE Cassie Robinson, Dean is totes nailing his priest impression, where are they getting entire State Trooper uniforms, and For Sale: Chekhov's Guns, Never Fired. (Supernatural Season 1, Episodes 13, 14, and 15) References: "The girl can't be on top.""Bi women are women who like men in a gay way"The Political and Social Partnership Between Africans and Jews in the United StatesParsha Shoftim, Dvarim...

Duration:01:08:55

Ep 4 - Ghost Corpses

8/13/2021
This week: Is it gay to sit on furniture?, teen girls with rock salt shotguns, we have a grand old time ragging on John Winchester, Mensch of Letters does not (wink wink) condone piracy, and a sorcerer is just a wizard who’s a dick. (Supernatural Season 1, Episodes 10, 11, and 12) References: Sorcery, idolatry, and leading people astray as linked conceptsHistory of the Hasidic MovementShabbatai TzviYou can also find us on Twitter @menschofletters and on Tumblr at...

Duration:01:30:06

Ep 3 - Something Something Repression, Something Something Overbearing Fathers

8/6/2021
This week: Dean (thinks he) looks young enough to be a college student, a ghost leaves out of embarrassment, Sam Winchester: Tarantula Whisperer, bad anthropological practices, and garbage disposal-based nightmare fuel. (Supernatural Season 1, Episodes 7, 8, and 9) References: Kosher LocustsYou can also find us on Twitter @menschofletters and on Tumblr at menschofletters.tumblr.com. If you like what we're doing, you can support us on Patreon! For as little as one dollar a month, you can...

Duration:01:20:13

Ep 2 - A Swarm of Evil Bees

7/23/2021
This week: The Ackles ass equation, bad puns from demons, roasting the writers’ awful takes on gematria, real and metaphorical mirror demons, and Jules has become lawboy. (Supernatural Season 1, Episodes 4, 5, and 6) References: Judaism and NumbersTefilat Haderech, The Traveler's PrayerMirrors in the Bible and in Jewish TraditionDemon at the Doorstep: Lilith as a Reflection of Anxieties and Desires in Ancient, Rabbinic, and Medieval Jewish SexualityLilith and Incantation BowlsShape...

Duration:01:19:00

Ep 1 - The Unending Misery of Being a Supernatural Fan

7/9/2021
This week: Dean has two nickels, the timelines are already a little mysterious, a Hannibal/geography tangent, tricking vampires into going to a mikveh, and the narrative is not in the CW. (Supernatural Season 1, Episodes 1, 2, and 3) References: Life-energy gone awryLemony Snicket interviewCool Guy postObligation to teach one's children to swim You can also find us on Twitter @menschofletters and on Tumblr at menschofletters.tumblr.com. Our intro music is Fun Tashlikh and our outro music...

Duration:01:14:46

Episode 0 - Introduction

7/2/2021
Welcome to Mensch of Letters, the first, best, and ONLY Jewish Supernatural recap/review podcast. This week: our premiere, which consists of an introduction to your two hosts, Jules and Iscah. You can also find us on Twitter @menschofletters and on Tumblr at menschofletters.tumblr.com. Our intro music is Fun Tashlikh and our outro music is Szarvaszo Stomp, both by Yid Vicious, who you can find at their website yidvicious.com, where their music is available for purchase.

Duration:00:21:47