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An irreverent, inclusive take on Judaism from the baddest Jewess around. Jewish and interested in learning more, but terrified of going to synagogue? Not Jewish and curious, but don't know where to begin? Somewhere in between? This is the podcast for you.

An irreverent, inclusive take on Judaism from the baddest Jewess around. Jewish and interested in learning more, but terrified of going to synagogue? Not Jewish and curious, but don't know where to begin? Somewhere in between? This is the podcast for you.
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An irreverent, inclusive take on Judaism from the baddest Jewess around. Jewish and interested in learning more, but terrified of going to synagogue? Not Jewish and curious, but don't know where to begin? Somewhere in between? This is the podcast for you.

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English


Episodes

S2Ep10: Bo and B’Shallach

1/29/2018
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Incredibly behind on everything, Jenna shares her thoughts on the past two weeks of Torah—with lots of Torah Airhorn. Watch the music video for Hillel Tigay/Ikar’s beautiful musical version of Psalm 150 here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=askDN2NR_dc

Duration:00:59:44

S2Ep9: MLK Weekend, White Privilege, and the Exodus - Parshat Va'eira

1/15/2018
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As Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend draws to a close, Jenna reflects on the admonishment by our Jewish sages that we reflect on our people’s Exodus from slavery in Egypt not just once a year, but every day. What does the Torah say a free society looks like, and what role are we commanded to play in building it?

Duration:01:00:08

S2Ep8: Let My Women Speak

1/7/2018
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As we start the book of Shemot--the Book of Exodus--Jenna looks at the misogyny in present-day America and how it is and is not like the structural misogyny present in the Torah and the history of Jewish intellectual thought. In her reading of Parshat Shemot, she studies the unsung heroes of the Exodus: Shifrah and Puah, the Hebrew midwives; Pharaoh’s Daughter, and Zipporah, Moses’s wife.

Duration:00:50:03

S2Ep7: Trump’s Israeli Train Station, My Bat Mitzvah, and Substance Over Style

1/5/2018
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Nineteen years ago last Shabbat, Jenna had her Bat Mitzvah, which is crazy. In anticipation of starting the Book of Shemot this Shabbat, she wraps up last week’s par shah, and the book of Bereshit.

Duration:00:47:23

S2Ep6: Jews on Christmas, Jerusalem, and Drawing Closer

12/25/2017
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Jenna gives a special shout-out to all Jews who have family celebrating Christmas and honors the memory of her late Catholic great-aunt. Jenna also spits fire at Jared Kushner and the idiocy of moving the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Torah portion from this past Shabbat offers some good tips on how to reconcile after a family feud.

Duration:00:56:16

S2Ep5: A Mini-Episode on Health, the Sanctity of the Human Body, and a Prayer of Thanksgiving

12/6/2017
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A very special Mini-Episode! After a scary brush with anaphylaxis, Jenna reflects on what Judaism has to say about the sanctity of the human body and what it means to be thankful for health. Also, Jenna doesn't know why her mics still sound weird.

Duration:00:29:46

Midrash, Storytelling and Loving Kindness, with Special Guest Michael Bauer

11/14/2017
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After weeks of relying on the midrash to make sense of the weekly parshah, Jenna investigates the history of midrash and the role it plays in Judaism today. She then interviews Israeli educator, storyteller and tour guide Michael Bauer about exploring Israel, why hearing multiple version of a story is a positive thing, and what makes a place holy.

Duration:00:52:18

S2Ep3: Doubt, Fatigue and Pillars of Salt

11/7/2017
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This week, Jenna grapples with being overwhelmed and wondering whether she likes the Torah at all. This past week's parshah was a doozy.

Duration:01:01:52

S2Ep2: Halloween Edition: Demons, Ghosts and Monsters in Judaism

10/31/2017
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In honor of Halloween, Jenna explores the appearances of Satan, demons, ghosts and monsters in Judaism, and then tells a Jewish ghost story of her own. In this past week’s parshah, we learn about everyone’s favorite body-altering covenant.

Duration:01:04:36

S2Ep1: Harvey Weinstein, Noah, and the End of the World

10/21/2017
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It’s season 2 of Bad Jew Weekly! Jenna grapples with her overbooked schedule, Harvey Weinstein’s pathological sexual harassment finally coming to light, and how the lessons of this can be applied to Judaism (yes, really). In the Torah this week, we read the story of Noah.

Duration:00:36:56

S1Ep45: Sukkot, Mascara Tears and #JewishLifeGoals, with Special Guest Kathy Reback

10/7/2017
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Jenna talks about why Sukkot is kind of weird but also awesome. She then cries mascara tears interviewing her amazing mother, Kathy Reback.

Duration:00:52:59

S1Ep44: Yom Kippur and Spiritual Desperation

9/29/2017
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Why do we fast on Yom Kippur? What's with all these prayers about sin? What's the deal with the Torah and Haftorah? Jenna investigates.

Duration:00:42:31

S1Ep43: Rosh Hashanah Redux, Days of Awe, and Jew-ISH Camp, with Special Guest Carine Warsawski

9/26/2017
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In the wake of Rosh Hashanah, Jenna shares some new facts she learned to help us transition to Yom Kippur. She then interviews the lovely Carine Warsawski, CEO of Trybal Gatherings, about why adults need Jewish Camp too. Learn more about Trybal, and sign up to join Jenna in October, here: https://www.trybalgatherings.com/

Duration:01:05:39

Episode 42: Life, the Universe, and Everything (or, Rosh Hashanah and Love of Torah)

9/17/2017
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Jenna explains how she used cats to out-troll a neo-Nazi on Twitter, and what the experience taught her about being Jewish on the internet (and in her heart). In anticipation of Rosh Hashanah, she also discusses some nuts and bolts of synagogue etiquette. In the Torah this week, we get an epic mic drop.

Duration:00:36:39

S1Ep41: Change Your Life in 40 Days

9/9/2017
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Jenna investigates the significance of the number 40 in Judaism, and why the sages say we can change our life in 40 days. (If she'd been smart, she would have done this segment last week.) The parshah this week, Ki Tavo, is thought to be one of the most challenging in the Torah.

Duration:00:26:20

S1Ep40: Progressive Zionism in Action, with Special Guest Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits

9/1/2017
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What does being a progressive Zionist mean in practice? What does the political and social landscape of Israel look like today? How do we take a stand to end the Occupation of Palestine? Jenna chats with Rabbi Ephraim Pelcovits, SoCal Regional Director of the New Israel Fund. Learn more about this organization at nif.org. Also, the Torah portion this week is a hot mess.

Duration:00:58:58

S1Ep39: Getting Angry for Good, with Special Guest Samuel Chu

8/27/2017
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“I know you’re mad. What are you gonna do about it?” Jenna discusses the Jewish concept of gemilut chasadim, acts of loving kindness, and then interviews MAZON’s Samuel Chu about righteous anger, feeding the hungry, and the true definition of allyship. The Torah portion for this past week is uncannily apt.

Duration:01:18:41

S1Ep38: The Jewish Response to Charlottesville, with Special Guest Rabbi Sharon Brous

8/19/2017
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“…We all know by now that racism is at the heart of this country.” Jenna talks with Rabbi Sharon Brous about strength in the face of anti-Semitism, and bringing Torah and moral courage back to the heart of Judaism. Watch Rabbi Brous’s Ted Talk here: https://www.ted.com/talks/sharon_brous_it_s_time_to_reclaim_and_reinvent_religion

Duration:00:47:33

S1Ep37: The Power of Repetition

8/12/2017
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What do we get out of hearing the same story over and over again? How can we make every retelling a new experience? Jenna looks to this week’s parshah to investigate.

Duration:00:19:44

S1Ep36: Missouri, White Privilege, and Doing Your Work

8/6/2017
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What does it mean to be chosen by God? Jenna looks at a passage from Pirkei Avot, current events, and Moses's last days for an answer.

Duration:00:25:05