But wait? What’s that? 23.1? Why the decimal? For now on, I’ll be recording an entire Torah portion, or “parsha”, as the Jews call it, each month at one big live show. Then, the very long show will be released as four-part episodes over the course of the month, making this a weekly show!
This episode was recorded at Beauty Bar in New York City.
There are so many ways to listen to Episode 23.1!
You can listen using the SoundCloud thingie above or by downloading here. Explore our SoundCloud and listen to past episodes here.
The Shulchan Aruch is a massive anthology of Jewish law (aka halacha) compiled in 1565 in Venice by Rabbi Joseph Karo that is still considered authoritative by many Jewish sects. It is also a prop in this porn clip for some reason.
Perhaps the volume was sitting around whatever house this was filmed in and the producers thought it would make a clever intro to the sexytimes. But the actors’ ad-libs raise more questions that they should. Such as:
Is Liv Aguilera’s character pretending to read Hebrew or did her in-laws really teach it to her as she claims? She does know when it’s upside-down!
Who are her in-laws?
Are they her husband’s family?
Did she convert to marry him?
If she’s married, why is she having sex with this random dude whose relationship to her is never explained? Is she in an open relationship?
Which volume of the Shulchan Aruch is she reading?
Does she have a chavruta (study partner)? Does she want one?
I don’t have the answers to these questions. But I do have the very NSFW video, linked below the fold.
This is a guest post I wrote for Skeptic’s Annotated Bible. Read the full post here.
OMGWTFBIBLE is a new translation of the entire Hebrew Bible as a comedy. But that doesn’t mean I don’t take my translation very seriously. Beyond all the jokes, in retranslating Genesis, I’ve discovered two trends that reveal the approach to women and property taken in the culture surrounding the text that are not apparent in existing translations.
One of the earliest decisions I made when writing the OMGWTFBIBLE was to maintain an almost megalomaniacal consistency. If a word was translated a particular way, I stuck with that translating, regardless of context or traditional approaches. This led to some striking discoveries in Genesis, particularly regarding the words usually translated as “wife” and “servant.” I discovered that, depending on how the book is translated, nobody gets married in Genesis. And everyone owns slaves. And it’s not a coincidence those two words are so controversial.
There are just 11 days left to donate to OMGWTFBIBLE’s IndieGogo campaign! Head here now to help me keep this show going. Every donor from now until the end of the campaign will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $200 gift certificate to Fluent City!
I’m very excited to announce that I’m going to be doing a live episode of OMGWTFBIBLE from Warwick, England at this year’s Limmud Conference sometime between December 28, 2014 to January 1, 2015. Limmud is an international organization dedicated to fostering new approaches to Judaism and I am honored to be among their presenters.
There are still a ton of details to work out, including the actual date of the show and the guest, but I can’t wait to bring OMGWTFBIBLE to the other side of the Atlantic.
Oh, and I kinda sorta need your help to pay for my airfare. So please donate at the Indiegogo!
UPDATE: I don’t need your help getting to Limmud because they are a very generous organization and are paying for my transportation! Oops! I don’t know how I got that wrong! Sorry for the confusion, everyone!
Still, if you’re going to Limmud UK, please come to see me live! It’s going to be very cool!