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.
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What is Rosh Hashanah

Classic Rosh Hashanah episode of Stuff Jews Should Know.  Have a good and sweet new year

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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.
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What to do with a new Jewish Baby

Mazal Tov! You have a new Jewish baby. What is next? Have you chosen a name? Brit Milah? What is a Shalom Zachor or a Shalom Bat? How much do you know about a Pidyon haBen? Mottle and Batya take you through the sometimes confusing process of welcoming a new Jewish life into the world.JewishBaby

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.
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Jewish Customs about Death and Mourning

Death is an experience that every human being comes in contact. Judaism has an incredible ‘toolbox’ for dealing with this universal experience.
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Bar and Bat Mitzvah

Where does the concept of a Bar Mitzvah come from? Today you are a man, tomorrow you are a 7th grader again. Was it always that way? Batya and Mottle dig deeper into this well known Jewish life cycle event and reveal ‘stuff’ about it that you probably didn’t know.

A boy celebrates his Bar Mitzvah by praying at the wailing wall in Jerusalem, Israel. Bar Mitzvah are Jewish coming of age rituals. According to Jewish law, when Jewish boys reach 13, they become responsible for their actions and become a Bar Mitzvah.

A boy celebrates his Bar Mitzvah by praying at the wailing wall in Jerusalem, Israel. Bar Mitzvah are Jewish coming of age rituals. According to Jewish law, when Jewish boys reach 13, they become responsible for their actions and become a Bar Mitzvah.

Gossip!

Batya and Mottle do a gossip show.  It is not what you make think. (or may have hoped for).  They explore the Jewish laws about what is considered gossip and what isn’t.  It might surprise you and possible change the way you speak about people.  Check it out.

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What are the Major Denominations in Judaism?

Maybe the question should be ‘why are there’ major denominations in Judaism?  Batya and Mottle explore the major denominations and the origins, and try to get beyond the labels.   denominations

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