Episode 17 Live!

omgblehblehblehblehOMGWTFBIBLE is live on January 22!

This month, Matthue Roth will join me as we read the original version of that whole Joseph story.

OMGWTFBIBLE Episode 17 Live
Stanton Street Shul
180 Stanton Street
January 22, 8PM
FREE! FREE DRINKS!

Episode 16 Tonight!

OMGWTFBIBLE LogoEpisode 16 happens tonight!

This month, Lux Alptraum will join me as we read about the definitely-not-rape of Dinah. We’ll start with Genesis 34:1 (or Chapter 29, going by my count), and keep reading until we stop. Set your Bible-watches!

OMGWTFBIBLE Episode 16 Live
Magnet Theater
254 W. 29 Street
December 30, 7PM sharp!
$5

Reserve tickets here

Episode 16 Live!

OMGWTFBIBLE LogoOMGWTFBIBLE is live on December 30!

This month, Lux Alptraum will join me as we read about the definitely-not-rape of Dinah.

OMGWTFBIBLE Episode 16 Live
Magnet Theater
254 W. 29 Street
December 30, 7PM sharp!
$5

Reserve tickets here

Episode 15 Live!

omgnov25OMGWTFBIBLE is happening live again this Monday!

This month, guest Chris Hastings will start with chapter 27 and we will keep reading until we stop.

OMGWTFBIBLE Episode 15 Live
Beauty Bar
231 E. 14th Street
November 25, 9PM
FREE!

Episode 13 Live!

OMGWTFBIBLE LogoOMGWTFBIBLE is live this Monday!

This month, guest Adam Bozarth will start with chapter 23 and we will keep reading until we stop.

OMGWTFBIBLE Episode 13 Live
Magnet Theater
254 W. 29 Street
October 21, 7PM sharp!
$5

Reserve tickets here

Episode 12 Live!

OMGWTFBIBLE LogoHoly crap! Can you believe it’s been a year? OMGWTFBIBLE is about to have its 12th episode! Absolute madness!

This month, guest Elissa Goldstein will begin with chapter 20 and we will keep reading until we stop. And there’ll be a recap! Or you can catch up here.

OMGWTFBIBLE Episode 12 Live
2A
25 Avenue A
October 1, 8PM
FREE! 21+!

Very Very Little Rivka

In Episode 10, I mention that Rivka, the woman given to Yitzchak, was only 3 years old when Avraham’s anonymous slave found her (at least according to some traditions). Before the episode, I read a few excerpts from “Kind Little Rivka,” a cheerful children’s book that treats this union as though it’s a totally normal, OK thing.  If you want to read this twisted book, order it here!

I first heard about “Kind Little Rivka” in a very thoughtful blog post by Eli Federman in the  Jewish Daily Forward, in which he puts the story in perspective, quoting modern statistics about child brides:

I never expected a kids book to glorify underage marriage. Children are enslaved in marriages, abused, tortured and killed. According to the organization Girls Not Brides, every year an estimated “14 million girls are married before they turn 18. Robbed of their childhood, denied their rights to health, education and security.”

In the book, Rivka helps a blind woman, gives up her seat, and waters thirsty animals.

These are all benign acts of kindness — but they culminate in a 3-year-old girl’s marriage to a man 10 times her age. I don’t want my little daughter thinking that underage marriage, in any context, is ever acceptable. Period.

You should read the rest of the article. It’s a very interesting take from an observant Jew on what happens when people transmit the unseemlier parts of the Bible to their children.