What is Yom Kippur?

Yom Kippur grunge rubber stampEveryone knows that Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish Year, but did you know that the Talmud lists it as one of the top two happiest?  How can a day that deals with such heavy themes as sin and atonement be celebrated with so much joy?  That is for sure Stuff Jews Should Know!


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What Are the Ten Days of Repentance?

What do Jews do between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? The answer to that question could impact your entire year!
Join Mottle and Batya on this new episode of Stuff Jews Should Know for a fun, light hearted, and personal exploration of the Ten Days of Repentance.

What is Tu b’Av?

Often referred to as the Jewish Valentine’s Day, Tu b’Av is the Jewish Holiday of Love. How does Judaism view a holiday dedicated to love? Batya and Mottle explain the origins the ancient celebrations, and the modern revival of this holiday that you may have never heard of.

What is Purim

Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jewish People from a genocide in the 5th Century BCE in the Persian Empire. On one hand it is the most festive, joy filled day of the year, but to the Jewish mystics it is on a higher level than even Yom Kippur. Mottle and Batya share ‘the Stuff Jews Should Know’ about this incredible holiday.

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.

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.

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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What is Succot?

1238152_10151583112982750_1711402993_nFor seven days the Jewish People dwell in temporary huts, place with fruit, and rejoice over water?  What is going here?!  Live from their succah in the hills of Judea, join Mottle and Batya to explore the “Stuff Jews Should Know” about the biblical festival of Succot.

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What is Rosh Hashana?

appleshoneyShana Tova u’mtuka!! Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year is upon us.  Learn about the deeper meanings behind this holiday with Reb Mottle and Batya.  Explore what the Jewish New year really means and how to connect to it in a way you never have before.
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What is Elul?

fish underwater in pondElul is the Jewish month of Return! No better time for Stuff Jews Should Know to return from summer hiatus with a whole crop of episodes, geared for the high holidays. This week Mottle and Batya speak about the Jewish concepts of Teshuva, and the spiritual preparations for the High Holidays.

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