Episode 23.3 is here!

Part 3 of Episode 23 is here!  This week, I read even more Bible with Mordechai Levovitz of Jewish Queer Youth, and we cover a number of pressing questions, like: What exactly is Moses’s relationship with Yitro? What does God do when nobody’s around? And why is he so long-winded?

Find out above in this week’s installment, in which Moses is called to SAVE. HIS. PEOPLE.

Also, discover how the Bible inspired Groot.

This episode was recorded at Beauty Bar in New York City.

There are so many ways to listen to Episode 23.3!

You can listen using the SoundCloud thingie above, by downloading here, or on Jewcy here. Explore our SoundCloud and listen to past episodes here.

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Episode 24 Live!

 

EXODUS CONTINUES TO COME

I am kicking off Exodus Part 2 (aka “Vaera”) on September 22nd with Special Guest Y-Love. It’s going to be spectacular! Check out the Facebook event here!

OMGWTFBIBLE Live / Y-Love
Beauty Bar
231 E. 14th Street
September 22nd; 8:00 PM
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Episode 23.2 is here!

Every time I think about this I confuse myself. In Hebrew, the book of Exodus is called “Shmot”. That translates to “Names” in English. The first portion of Shmot is also called Shmot. So, for my purposes, episode 23 covers Names, the first portion of the book Names. Got it? Good!

Anyway, this is the second installment of episode 23. This time around, me and Mordechai really get into the story, mocking Paraoh’s deviousness and Rashi’s imaginary French accent.

This episode was recorded at Beauty Bar in New York City.

There are so many ways to listen to Episode 23.2!

You can listen using the SoundCloud thingie above or by downloading here. Explore our SoundCloud and listen to past episodes here.

You can also: subscribe in iTunes, subscribe via RSS, or listen via Stitcher!

OMGWTFBIBLE Goes Weekly!

Exodus begins! And I call it “Names!”

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.

You can also: subscribe in iTunes, subscribe via RSS, or listen via Stitcher!

Porn Lady Reads the Shulchan Aruch (NSFW)

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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.

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No Wives, Only Slaves: Crosspost With SAB

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.

Read the rest here.