Episode 41 Live!


What am I doing? Have I seriously not posted since June? What a crazy thing to do!

Despite the quiet here, this show is very much alive. I just don’t know how to blog, is all. Because, like, this is a podcast, not a blog. I’m still very chatty on Facebook and Twitter so if you like this show and wanna keep up, go to those places!

Also: this show was on a list of readers’ top ten favorite podcast at Moment Magazine. Cool! Thank you so much, passionate anonymous people who shared their love of OMGWTFBIBLE with Moment.

Also also: the Two Bossy Dames e-mail list said some things about OMGWTFBIBLE that are so nice my heart is filled with sparkles. Thank you for the kind words, Sophie. I’m glad this little podcast can bring you so much joy and I hope your readers enjoy what they find here.

ANYWAY! There’s finally a live show again. We’re shutting Leviticus down with a big fat superlong finale episode with BJ Kramer, a great and wonderful man. What comes next? You’ll see at the show! I won’t give away much yet, but rest assured that Season 4 will be on a much tighter schedule than Leviticus has been. SHOW DETAILS BELOW!

Stanton Street Shul
180 Stanton Street
September 22, 8:00 PM
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Episode 39 Live!

It’s coming! It’s coming! It’s coming again! OMGWTFBIBLE returns on May 12 with Unorthodox host Stephanie Butnick. Check out the Facebook event here!

Stanton Street Shul
180 Stanton Street
May 12, 7:30 PM
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Episode 38 Live!

Woaaaaah! OMGWTFBIBLE tackles the incredible subject of HOUSE RASHES with guest Nina Paley, creator of the amazing video below, Sita Sings the Blues, and a whole load of other stuff. Check out the Facebook event here!

The Kramertorium
323 E. 50th Street Apt 2
April 18, 7:30 PM

Episode 37 Live At QED Astoria!

This month, OMGWTFBIBLE returns to Queens and it is full of FLUID! And also full of New York Times columnist and Unorthodox host Mark Oppenheimer. Check out the Facebook event here!

QED Astoria
27-16 23rd Avenue (in Queens)
March 29, 9:00 PM

Breaking: Jews Like Booze

Did you know that Jews like whiskey? It is true! Jews like whiskey! A lot of my early Jewish memories are closely tied to whiskey. Every holiday and wedding and Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah featured whiskey. And not just any whiskey, but good whiskey. Single-malt Scotch Whiskey.

And Purim? Forget about it.

Anyway, I guess this was a secret? Something people didn’t know? Well, New York Times found out and wrote an article about the decades-old trend, covering a new WhiskyFest-related event called “Whisky Jewbilee:”

The bond with whiskey goes way back. Mr. Blashka said early Jewish immigrants to America, unable to trust the provenance of local wines, turned to certain distilled liquors, including whiskey. “Because the wine was an issue, typically spirits was their avenue for drinking,” he said.

It’s a good thing whiskey wasn’t mentioned in the Torah!

As recent decades have ushered in a revival in Scotch, bourbon and other whiskeys, Jews, like many other groups, have moved beyond the usual blends and have developed more sophisticated tastes. “Now we have many whiskeys that we know are kosher,” said Rabbi Aaron Raskin of Congregation B’nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, whose preferred whiskey is the smoky Laphroaig, a single malt from Islay. “It is used to add to our joy.”

But really, Rabbi Raskin, what’s the real reason you’re so excited about all this whiskey?

“And it helps attendance at synagogues,” he added.

I can only imagine that this news will only increase the mourning on Tisha B’av.

<h/t: Heeb>

David Brooks Discovers Hasids

I don’t have much to say about David Brooks’ kinda weird walking tour of Midwood Jews, but this stuck out to me:

Nationwide, only 21 percent of non-Orthodox Jews between the ages of 18 and 29 are married. But an astounding 71 percent of Orthodox Jews are married at that age. And they are having four and five kids per couple. In the New York City area, for example, the Orthodox make up 32 percent of Jews over all. But the Orthodox make up 61 percent of Jewish children. Because the Orthodox are so fertile, in a few years, they will be the dominant group in New York Jewry.

Um, David, by “Because the Orthodox are so fertile” you meant “Because the Orthodox prohibit pre-marital sex and believe birth control is immoral,” but I guess that’s just splitting hairs.