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!

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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)

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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!!!!

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Chag Sameach!

What is Lag b’Omer

Lag b’Omer is the best Jewish Holiday you never heard of! Outside of Israel, it is rarely celebrated, but in the Land of Israel, it is an ecstatic celebration of joy with deep Kabbalistic themes. Join Mottle and Batya to explore this amazing holiday.

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Jews and Tattoos

 

tattoopostitunes600If I have a tattoo am I allowed to be buried in a Jewish Cemetery?  Lot’s of people ask this question but what what does Jewish law say?  Does Jewish law conflict with your Bubbie’s advice on Tattoos?  Check out the Stuff Jews Should know podcast, Jews and Tattoos.

What are Tefillin?

tefillinfinalWhat are those black leather boxes that you see men wearing at the Western Wall? Do women wear tefillin? What are they made of? What is the deeper spiritual meaning behind this ancient Jewish custom? Join Mottle and Batya to explore this and more!

 

 

 

Wanna learn more?  Check out this cool video about making teffilin

What is Thanksgivikah?

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First time EVER!!! and last time for 77,000 years!  Chanukah and Thanksgiving overlap into the cultural sensation Thanksgivikah!!! There is actually a depth to this more than the menurkey, and Turkey latkas.  Join Mottle and Batya for this fun exploration of Judaism’s newest holiday!

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What is the Book of Genesis?

It is the beginning of the five books of Moses. We are familiar with the stories, but what is the common thread that ties them all together? Why start what is predominantly a book of laws with a book of stories? What do we actually learn from this. This is the time of year where Jews all around the world are reading the Sefer Bereishit or the Book of Genesis. Join Mottle and Batya to explore why.Wolkenbuch

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