Conversion to Judaism

Why does Judaism make it so difficult to convert? What are the steps required to become a Jew? How are the laws of conversion today different than they were in the past? What is the difference between a Reform conversion, or an Orthodox conversion? Batya and Mottle dive into these questions and more on this episode.conversion

What is the Temple Mount?

For two thousand years where ever Jews where in the world, they have directed their prayers toward a hill in Jerusalem.  What is the significance of this hill historically, and spiritually?  Certain it is Stuff Jews Should Know!



What is a Jewish Wedding?

What makes a wedding a Jewish wedding? Mottle and Batya walk you through the entire day from start to finish.  You will be shouting Mazal Tov an feel like were there!



What is Jewish Prayer?

Mottle and Batya are back with the Season Premier of Stuff Jew Should Know!  Where does Jewish prayer come from?  How is it different?  This is Stuff Jews Should Know.


What is Yom Kippur again?

The Classic Stuff Jews Should Know Yom Kippur episode.  Prepare for the Day of AtONEment with Mottle and Batya.  NEW SEASON of SJSK begins October 21.


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What is Shavuot?

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Shavuot is one of the three main biblical festivals celebrated by the Jewish People.  It commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.  It is also intimately connected to Israel’s ancient agricultural cycle.  Learn more about this amazing holiday with your hosts Mottle and Batya.

There is a Special Prayer, that Jewish Parents say only Once a Year. TODAY!

Today is Eruv Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the day before the new Month of Sivan. Sivan is the month when the Jewish People received the Torah at Mount Sinai.

There is a beautiful custom that Dates back to the 16th Century and the great Torah Sage Isaiah Horovitz known to Jewish History as the Shlah haKodesh.

The Shlah haKodesh was born in 1565 in Prague and moved to the city of Sefat in the Land of Israel in 1621.

The Shlah haKodesh was a great mystic and talmudist, but also known as a master of prayer. He wrote that the eve of the first day of the Hebrew month of Sivan had a unique energy to set the course for the future piety of Jewish children. The Shlah composed a pray to be recited on this day by Jewish Parents. It isn’t long, You can see it, read it, pray it! In English or Hebrew right here.

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What is Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)


Special show in honor of Yom Yerushalayim! The anniversary of the Reunification of the Eternal Capitol of the Jewish People after 2000 years of Exile.

Did you know Hebrew was a Dead Language?

That is right! One of the greatest miracles of modern Jewish History has been the revival of Hebrew.  Never in the history of the world has a language that was dead for 2000 years, return to become the daily spoken tongue of a nation.  Never that is, until the Jewish People returned home to the Land of Israel.  Watch this amazing video and more from Zionism 101.

Check out this Lag B’ Omer video from Meron Israel.

Over the course of 24 hours, 1 in 4 Jews in Israel descend on an ancient mountain in the north.  Mount Meron.  The burial place of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.  The greatest Kabbalistic sage in the last 2000 years.  Stuff Jews should know?  For sure!!!!

And to learn even more about Lag b’Omer, and other “Stuff Jews Should Know”. Check us out on iTunes.

Chag Sameach!

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