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Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews

Where our lives of Jewish learning collide with our love of Nerd Culture. Join us as we explore Jewish texts, history, and values and the apparent and invisible connections to your favorite movies, characters, and hobbies. www.torahsmash.com

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Episode 57 - To Everything There Is A Bluey ...With Special Guest Cantor Emily Simkin
June 19, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 57 - To Everything There Is A Bluey…with Special Guest Cantor Emily SimkinThis week’s episode of Bluey is called… Torah Smash! Sometimes special episodes come into our lives, this is one of those episodes. For real life! We talk about our feelings around the Heeler’s “moving” episode and all the advice that we’ve learned from a cartoon dog (and from real people as well). Life can get ruff sometimes, so we hope you find this episode to be a real t-r-e-a-t.00:03:01 Everyone’s favorite animated dog - Bluey!00:06:32 Bluey is Torah00:11:20 Ecclesiastes 3:100:12:34 How do we handle big life shifts?00:16:36 Wanted more of a moving episode on moving.00:19:26 Unetaneh Tokef00:22:13 How do you notice life’s little things?00:29:05 Best advice on the topic of kids00:30:18 A quick correction about blessings00:31:39 More genius advice00:40:16 Favorite Bluey episodesShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-57-to-everything-there-is-a-bluey Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
50:18 6/19/24
2nd Anniversary Special: Paraders of the Blessed Ark - Part Two
June 5, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 56 - 2nd Anniversary Special - Paraders of the Blessed Ark - Part TwoThe second part of this year’s epic adventure to celebrate our podcast’s two years of being Jewish and nerdy. Can our heroes defeat this mysterious giant? Can they complete their mission? What happens to Tirza’s cat rock? Find out the answers to these questions and more on this epic anniversary episode of a Torah Smashed version of Dungeons & Dragons.00:01:40 The city golem of Ai00:08:11 KaiJew battle00:22:19 Different player, same dice rolls00:29:42 Monk Ki or Monkey?00:32:02 Our deepesht thanksh00:40:00 Summoning ladies, and sailors, and bearers. Oh my!00:47:18 Torah Smash’s 5 Year Quest00:49:07 Siege Preparations00:52:41 The Battle at Jericho begins00:58:49 Hallelujah, it’s an ice cream truck!?01:00:37 Jerichopalooza01:22:25 Sweet Cherry Pie01:25:59 I suddenly remembered my charlemagne01:35:25 D&D geometry01:45:19 The spear troop rolls well enough!01:48:43 Wait! But what about…?Share this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-56-paraders-of-the-blessed-ark-part-two   Contribute to Torah Smash’s 5 Year Quest at www.torahsmash.com/donate Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.Character Information:NOA (played by Barak Malkin) Changeling Sorcerer. She is a daughter of Zelophahad and twin sister to Tirza.TIRZA (played by Ethan Lane-Miller) Changeling Ranger. She is a daughter of Zelophahad and twin sister to Noa.CALEB (played by Rachel Frish) Wood Half-Elf Monk. He is second in command to Aaron.ARONA (played by Rabbi Emma Gottlieb) Aasimar Cleric. She is the assigned protector of the Ark of the Covenant by Aaron.RAHAB (played by Dr. Miriam Eve Mora) Eladrin Bard. She is a Canaanite sex worker who previously aided two of Joshua’s spies.JOSHUA (played by Rabbi Benjamin Sharff) Holy Knight Paladin. He is the appointed leader of the Jewish people following Moses.DUNGEON MASTER  (RDY) The man behind the curtain, the puller of strings, and weaver of the improvised story made by the players.
110:56 6/5/24
2nd Anniversary Special: Paraders of the Blessed Ark - Part One
May 22, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 55 - 2nd Anniversary Special - Paraders of the Blessed Ark - Part 1To celebrate two years of being Jewish and Nerdy, we invited some of our previous guests from the past year back to the show for a Torah Smashed version of Dungeons & Dragons. Each player chose a biblical character to portray (character descriptions below) and worked together to rescue the innocents and protect one of the most famous artifacts of the Torah.00:00:37 Character Introductions00:01:44 Our story begins on the bank of the Jordan River00:06:04 Between a rock and a river00:12:05 An Unknown Code00:21:37 Stuck between a cat rock and a hard spelling place.00:26:36 All eyes in the city of Ai.00:33:25 The Chatool house00:45:33 Ai’ll Be Back00:55:46 Guards!01:27:51 Please, Don’t Leave01:29:50 ShoutoutsShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-55-paraders-of-the-blessed-ark-part-one  Contribute to Torah Smash’s 5 Year Quest at www.torahsmash.com/donate Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.Character Information:NOA (played by Barak Malkin) Changeling Sorcerer. She is a daughter of Zelophahad and twin sister to Tirza.TIRZA (played by Ethan Lane-Miller) Changeling Ranger. She is a daughter of Zelophahad and twin sister to Noa.CALEB (played by Rachel Frish) Wood Half-Elf Monk. He is second in command to Aaron.ARONA (played by Rabbi Emma Gottlieb) Aasimar Cleric. She is the assigned protector of the Ark of the Covenant by Aaron.RAHAB (played by Dr. Miriam Eve Mora) Eladrin Bard. She is a Canaanite sex worker who previously aided two of Joshua’s spies.JOSHUA (played by Rabbi Benjamin Sharff) Holy Knight Paladin. He is the appointed leader of the Jewish people following Moses.DUNGEON MASTER (RDY) The man behind the curtain, the puller of strings, and weaver of the improvised story made by the players.
94:13 5/22/24
Episode 54 - Very Special Episodes ...With Guest Host Rabbi Alan Cook
May 8, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 54 - Very Special Episodes …with Guest Host Rabbi Alan CookThis week’s episode will talk about something very special. Since we want it to be extra memorable, we’ll bring in a special guest. That should help ensure that the purpose and topic stick out in your mind. Did that work for you growing up with the very special episodes of your favorite tv shows growing up? Does that still work for you now? Find out the answer to these questions and more on this very special episode of Torah Smash!00:03:00 In Good Company00:03:44 The arrival of the “Very Special Episode”00:10:47 A very special smash00:15:59 Special Guest Characters of the Torah00:16:50 Guest Starring Zelophahad’s Daughters00:20:43 Guest Starring Moses’ Father in Law00:25:21 Guest Starring A Celebrity!00:30:47 More Torah Special Guests00:34:04 Written Once More With Feeling00:37:14 Do Special Episodes Resonate More?00:41:04 Why bad things happen to unknown people. Share this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-54-very-special-episodes  Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
50:00 5/8/24
Episode 53 - Destiny Report
April 24, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 53 - Destiny ReportYou’re going to listen to this episode. How do I know? Because it’s destined to happen. The fact that you’re reading this now already tells me that this episode is in your feed. Just because you're reading this doesn’t change the fact that it’s going to happen. You see the dilemma right? If you listen, then our Torah Smash precogs were right and the system works. If you don’t listen, then our precogs were wrong and the whole system is broken. What’s this episode worth to you? What choice will you make… or has it already been decided for you? 00:02:16 The legality of future crime in the Minority Report movie00:05:11 Heroes not embracing their path00:07:30 Moses’ humility00:08:37 Destiny cannot be manipulated00:09:47 A flaw in the logic00:12:44 C.R.U.S.H.00:16:02 It is your destiny!00:22:24 All paths lay before you00:31:34 Keeping the marbles00:33:36 Ethan promises this isn’t a Star Wars episodeShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-53-destiny-report Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
37:49 4/24/24
Episode 52 - Moses and the Justice League
April 10, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 52 - Moses and the Justice LeaguePassover is around the corner, so of course, we will look at the hero who, to avoid the destruction of his people, was sent by his parents to eventually grow up to be the hero we all look up to. I’ll give you a hint, they’re a member of the Justice League. …Wait, who were you thinking of?00:00:38 Barak likes Jewish holiday smashes00:01:56 Moses and Superman00:03:12 Comparison of the two heroes00:11:34  No capes!00:15:31 The rest of the biblical Justice League00:16:17 Is Cyborg a Golem?00:17:42 Aquaman and the sea based characters00:18:26 Young and Impulsive00:18:48 Green Lantern’s ring00:23:38 The Emerald Archer00:25:40 Martian Manhunter00:27:48 Wonder Woman and Black Canary00:31:24 The Dark Knight00:34:59 Who’s left?Share this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-52-moses-and-the-justice-league Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
40:59 4/10/24
Episode 51 - You Are So Not Invited To My Borg Mitzvah
March 27, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 51 - You Are So Not Invited To My Borg MitzvahStar Date: April 5, 2063. Earth has finally made contact with other intelligent life in the universe, so we better ask them all the important questions: Do lobster people keep kosher? How many people attend a Borg’s b’nai mitzvah service? And why does Ethan think Star Trek: First Contact can hold its own with Wrath of Kahn?00:01:15 First Contact Day 04/05/6300:03:16 Not sure if it holds up, but what a cast!00:07:15 The power of touch00:10:01 How would alien life change Judaism?00:13:55 Humanity in a post-religious world00:16:29 Does life on other planets have free will?00:18:45 Alien b’nai mitzvot00:21:15 Debating through real life examples00:25:38 First romantic contact00:28:22 Continuing the arguments …err …conversations00:31:04 A little perspective00:32:24 Is there religion in 2063?00:33:09 Going back to the writingShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-51-you-are-so-not-invited-to-my-borg-mitzvah Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
42:49 3/27/24
Episode 50 - Funny, You Don't Look Jewish ...With Special Guest Fabrice Sapolsky
March 13, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 50 - Funny, You Don’t Look Jewish …with Special Guest Fabrice SapolskyPurim is around the corner (some may say it’s around three corners) and throughout the holiday we disguise who we really are. Together with comic creator and publisher, Fabrice Sapolsky, we explore some comic heroes who hide in plain sight and we discuss how these decisions are reflective in our modern world. So, pull up a chair, grab a plate of hamantashens, and enjoy this one!00:02:13 Poppy filled pockets are coming!00:03:52 Queen Esther hides her identity00:05:45 Daniel Kaufman’s ELI Talk00:06:33 Which Superheroes Passively hide?00:09:44 Bear-ly hiding at conventions00:16:04 What brings superheroes out of hiding?00:21:59 In Jewish History and Present00:24:43 When do you present actively or hide passively?00:33:20 Revisiting the superheroes who passively hide00:40:30 Movies trying to hide as comicsShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-50-funny-you-dont-look-jewish Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
45:47 3/13/24
Episode 49 - Hogwarts School of Judaism and Wizardry ...With Special Guest Rabbi Emma Gottlieb
February 28, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 49 - Hogwarts School of Judaism and Wizardry…With Special Guest Rabbi Emma GottliebFilled with decades of knowledge, halls filled with history, and helping to teach the young ones the history, culture, and practices of their people. As we explore the starting point for the wizarding youth attending Hogwarts, joined by Rabbi Emma Gottlieb, we explore the connections to our own Jewish educational institutions that we had opportunities to learn and study in as well. 00:04:31 A boy named Harry Potter00:10:25 Yeshiva: A History00:12:40 Another nerd yeshiva00:14:27 Learning in different worlds00:17:31 Keeping the past alive00:20:03 The value of multiple perspectives00:24:06 Schools around the globe00:29:54 The competition00:35:37 Our houses00:38:42 Anthony Goldstein00:40:50 Names are important00:42:39 Abra KadabraShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-49-hogwarts-school-of-judaism-and-wizardry Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
48:25 2/28/24
Episode 48 - What If Creation Wasn't The Beginning? ...With Special Guest Roy Schwartz
February 14, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 48 - What If Creation Wasn’t The Beginning?…With Special Guest Roy SchwartzJudaism encourages us to ask questions. In this episode, we try to answer Marvel’s biggest question of What If…? We discuss the most recent animated addition to the MCU and debate how the question could be used to change our view of our own Jewish history.00:01:49 The oddities of “Is Superman Circumcised?”00:04:48 A good month for superhero fans00:07:45 Ours is the world that was selected, for now.00:09:59 Process theology00:15:42 Save Scumming00:20:20 Why OUR universe? Was it the burritos?00:21:54 Jewish What If Scenarios00:22:10 What If Pharoah’s Heart Wasn’t Hardened?00:23:42 What If Moses Didn’t Part the Red Sea?00:25:34 What If Baby Moses Chose Differently?00:26:50 What If Adam Ate The Apple First?00:28:58 What If We Didn’t Worship The Calf?00:29:17 What If Pharoah Knew Joseph?00:30:15 What If Joseph Didn’t Add?00:31:10 What Isaac Binded Abraham?00:35:00 What If we let this question loose in nerd culture?Share this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-48-what-if-creation-wasnt-the-beginning Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
44:32 2/14/24
Episode 47 - Echo Of Resilience
January 31, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 47 - Echo of ResilienceOur Jewish history has been passed down through the generations and some experts may say that has made us more resilient. Superheroes learn about their ancestors’ ups and downs, but one in particular has shown the impact those stories can have when you fully embrace your past. L’dor vador. 00:00:38 Shoutout to Spertus00:01:01 Resilience as a Jewish Value00:02:55 Marvel’s Spotlight Hero, Echo00:05:04 Maya’s Ancestral Resilient History00:10:05 Jewish Ancestral Resilient History00:17:45 Resilience stems from gratitude00:22:14 Echos of gratitude00:28:16 What other heroes’ past make them resilient?00:32:31 Favorite parts of the Echo series00:39:12 More Jewish SmashesShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-47-echo-of-resilience Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
42:39 1/31/24
Episode 46 - The Incredible Samson
January 17, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 46 - The Incredible SamsonYou may have grown up hearing the story of Samson, whose strength was connected to his hair. Did you know that it was also tied to one of his emotions? RDY gently guides us on a comparative look of how Samson’s love of Delilah and his destructive anger ties him to certain gamma based characters in Marvel comics. 00:00:42 The story of Samson00:02:55 Samson’s Riddle00:08:10 The Hulk, aka Bruce Banner00:12:08 Dr. David Banner00:12:48 You may not like him when he’s angry00:18:40 Where their strengths come from00:20:51 Anger and God00:32:26 Being gripped by God00:36:13 Designed on a flaw00:38:03 Doc SamsonShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-46-the-incredible-samson Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
43:01 1/17/24
Episode 45 - Our Heroes and Transformative Grief
January 3, 2024Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 45 - Our Heroes and Transformative GriefEthan returns and shares about his brief hiatus from the show due to the loss of a loved one. In this episode, we celebrate the life of Kiya, we each discuss how our grief has shaped us, and the difficult personal experiences and choices that can come from losing someone dear to us. 00:00:48 Final reminder for Torah Smash! Live!00:01:50 Ethan talks about Kiya and the reason for his hiatus00:03:55 Let’s talk about grief00:07:47 Meowing and other moments of relief00:11:17 The Jewish grieving process00:13:04 The difference between “grief” and “mourn”00:16:30 What types of support have you continued for others?00:22:54 King Solomon’s special ring00:27:57 All captains experience grief00:32:27 It can consume you or transform you00:34:58 The custom of kriah - tearing00:37:43 What characters are shaped by grief00:42:20 Sometimes there is no conclusionShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-45-our-heroes-and-transofrmative-grief Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
46:30 1/3/24
Episode 44 - Loki And The Whale ...With Special Guest Josh Edelglass
December 20, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 44 - Loki and the Whale…With Special Guest Joshua EdelglassIn this episode, we timeslip between Loki, the TVA, and Nineveh with our guest, Josh Edelglass. We go back in time to talk about Loki season 2 and his learned compassion for others, just like Jonah who gained compassion for his fellow man (and many beasts as well). So pull up your throne at the end of time and grab a slice of key lime pie, because all we can say about this episode is *in your best Owen Wilson impression* “wow.” 00:02:01 Regaling about JewCE00:03:11 Book Your Tickets for Tora Smash! Live!00:04:03 Loki is back in Season 200:07:15 Who else learns about compassion for others?00:08:13 The Book of Jonah00:11:01 What does Judaism say about our own glorious purpose?00:13:15 Unrealized purposes00:22:01 For you, for all of us.00:24:24 Biblical misinterpreted purposes00:26:29 The missing endings and origins00:33:00 When will we see you again?00:35:35 Favorite parts of the Loki series00:39:03 The meaning of Key Lime Pie00:42:15 The Jewish OuroborosShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-44-loki-and-the-whale Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
47:48 12/20/23
Episode 43 - Love, Jews + Robots ...With Guest Host Joshua Sky
December 6, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 43 - Love, Jews + Robots …With Guest Host Joshua SkyOur guest host this week, Joshua Sky, is not only a writer for popular properties like He-Man , Heavy Metal Illustrated, and Ben10, but he is also a massive Sci-Fi fan. He gives us an in depth look at how the era of Science Fiction started as well as the multitude of Jewish influences on its progression into modern sci-fi and comic stories. 00:02:20 Torah Smash! Live! 00:04:00 The Jewish influence on modern science fiction00:07:36 The golden age of science fiction00:09:11 Isaac Asimov, an OG Jewish nerd00:11 34 The 3 Jewish Laws of Robotics00:13:58 Asimov’s WWII rescuers00:14:53 Stemming from the science fiction pulps00:18:09 Judaism and jealousy in modern comics00:22:29 Pulp science fiction paved the way for comic mythology00:24:16 Jewish undertones00:26:51 More representation, stemming from our love for others00:30:38 Closing the gears on this robot00:34:04 One last special He-Man Hanukkah smash!Share this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-43-love-jews-and-robots Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
35:56 12/6/23
Episode 42 - Treehouse of Talmud ...With Guest Host Rabbi Ben Sharff
November 22, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 42 - Treehouse of Talmud …With Guest Host Rabbi Benjamin SharffThis week, guest host Rabbi Benjamin Sharff crashes into our living room couch and teaches us about the Jewish connections from the longest running sitcom in television history, The Simpsons. The incredible discoveries made here will have you saying “ay, caramba!”00:02:31 Torah Smash! Live! Reminder00:03:22 The Simpsons (sing the theme song opening in your head now)00:07:26 The Mishnah (sing this the same way in your head)00:08:30 Longest running show00:15:03 The Jewish side of The Simpsons00:17:10 Favorite Simpsons episodes00:20:39 Simpsons rabbinic spinoffs00:22:27 What if the Temple was rebuilt?00:31:10 More Simpsons characters and appearancesShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-42-treehouse-of-talmud Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
40:31 11/22/23
Episode 41 - Ahsoka Tano, RJE
November 8, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 41 - Ahsoka Tano, RJEIn this episode, Ethan teaches us what makes Ahsoka and her Star Wars Rebels teammates different from those who came before them. Is it how they were taught? Or how they were teaching others? And which of the series’ characters are the most Jewish? Jump on a intergalactic traveling purrgil and let’s find out together!00:00:41 Torah Smash! Live!00:02:25 Ahsoka introduced in a Clone Wars00:03:38 Star Wars Rebels is where it’s at00:04:17 Who is the most Jewish character in Ahsoka?00:05:00 The wise elder, Huyang00:06:22 Ezra Bridger00:08:46 Morgan Elsbeth and the Akeida00:15:00 Kanan Jarrus, the best jedi?00:16:58 Sabine Wren, Jew by choice00:24:22 Ahsoka Tano is not just a Jewish Jedi00:27:58 What am I doing wrong?00:30:38 J.E.D.I. Training00:31:15 Yoda’s Jewish roots00:32:11 Ahsoka Season 2 TheoriesShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-41-Ahsoka-Tano-RJE  Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
38:51 11/8/23
Episode 40 - Top 5 Jewish Characters ...With Special Guest Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik
October 25, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 40 - Top 5 Jewish Characters ...With Special Guest Isaac Brynjegard BialikWe welcome back Isaac to the show in this exploratory look at Jews in pop culture. We count down each of our top five favorite Jewish characters in pop-culture. We may have had some overlap in our choices, but were there any that we forgot?00:02:15 Coming this January: Torah Smash! Live!00:03:57 How does this countdown work?00:05:01 Starting with our #5 picks00:12:45 First sign of trouble with our #4’s00:30:27 These #3’s are bringing the heat!00:40:20 Another contentious round with our #2 picks00:58:23 Our top favorites01:12:25 Honorable mentionsShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-40-top-5-jewish-characters Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.Learn more about Isaac's career and artwork at https://www.nicejewishartist.com/ and learn about he and his wife's art workshops at https://www.papermidrash.com/
79:22 10/25/23
Episode 39 - Indiana Jones and the Dial of Beshert
October 11, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 39 - Indiana Jones and the Dial of BeshertJock! Start the podcast! This episode we explore the most recent installment to the Indiana Jones franchise and the titular character’s entanglement with destiny. We also ask why everything belongs in a museum? And why did it have to be snakes? We don’t know. We’re making this up as we go. Just be glad we didn’t also name the podcast Indiana. 00:00:38 Big Indy fans00:03:29 The yiddish word beshert00:03:53 Destiny vs. free will according to Judaism00:05:52 Joseph's divine story00:07:19 Process theology00:11:33 Indiana without Indiana, Isaac without Isaac00:16:45 Moments of beshert in our lives00:22:51 Ranking the Indy movies00:28:18 Warehouse 13 and The Librarian00:29:55 Jewish Archeology00:31:41 Struggles with faith and facts00:35:10 Changing namesShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-39-indiana-jones-and-the-dial-of-beshert Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
43:23 10/11/23
Episode 38 - The Latest Last Of Us ...With Guest Host Rabbi Eric Linder
September 27, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 38 - The Latest Last of Us …With Guest Host Rabbi Eric LinderThis episode’s guest host, Rabbi Eric Linder, reintroduces us to the recent HBO drama The Last of Us and its artful history. We’re not playing games when we explore the connections between this retelling of the Playstation hit to a few poignant biblical texts. 00:04:38 The Last of Us video game00:08:30 The retelling in Deuteronomy00:12:46 A completely different reason for Shabbat00:16:17 Not so faithful adaptations00:22:20 Retelling for a different audience00:27:54 Retelling in the same medium00:29:54 We have Rashi00:31:11 Biblical text in cinema00:34:53 The return of the twelve spies00:41:58 Favorite video gamesShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-38-the-latest-last-of-us Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
45:41 9/27/23
Episode 37 - Jews in Space? ...With Special Guest Dr. Miriam Mora
September 13, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 37 - Jews in Space? …With Special Guest Dr. Miriam MoraThe Co-Creator of JewCE (the Jewish Comics Experience), Dr. Miriam Mora, joins us as we explore strange Jew worlds, seek out Jew life and Jew civilizations, and boldly discuss which of the numerous Star Trek species are Jewish. You may find some of our conclusions highly illogical, but just know that we’ve given it all we’ve got!00:03:47 Exploring the alien races and species of Star Trek00:04:55 Have you watched any Star Trek?00:11:54 The Vulcan salute, their origins, and their struggles00:22:43 The Ferengi and historical antisemitism00:38:28 The Klingons. The Klingons?00:43:26 Worf00:43:47 The Bajorans00:45:23 Cardassians00:45:48 Why the answer is yesShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-37-jews-in-space Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
53:06 9/13/23
Episode 36 - Cobra Chai ...With Special Guest Dr. Betsy Stone
August 30, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 36 - Cobra Chai …With Special Guest Dr. Betsy StoneTorah Smash has special guest Dr. Betsy Stone to help us as we prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days. We always tend to take a look inward and think of all the people to which we may have done wrong, because every year even though sometimes our heart knows, our head forgets. So we look at the process of teshuva with some of our favorite pop-culture senseis. And these lessons are not just for karate only. These lessons are for whole life!00:03:13 The Jewish practice of teshuva00:05:38 The Karate Kid returns decades later00:07:12 Stories from the “villain’s” perspective00:08:10 The teshuva process00:11:59 A state of mind or an action?00:15:00 Telling ourselves that we’re wrong00:19:27 Regretting I hurt you, but not my behavior00:25:42 Hypothetical ladder of teshuva00:28:03 Cobra Kai needs better practice saying sorry00:36:41 Advice on changing your waysShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-33-cancel-lashon-haraConnect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.YouTube: Daniel is the Real Bully - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_Gz_iTuRMM&t=6s
47:51 8/30/23
Episode 35 - Genesis of the Spider-Verse ...With Special Guest Danny Fingeroth
August 16, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 35 - Genesis of the Spider-Verse …With Special Guest Danny FingerothIn this episode, we explore the converging and diverging realities of Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse with one of the writers and editors of the Spider-Man comics, Danny Fingeroth. We explore the origins of The Spot, canon events in Marvel and the Torah, and a startling discovery about the film that will make you question if you even saw the same movie that we did!00:00:57 Introducing Danny Fingeroth00:02:24 Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse00:05:20 Talking Al Milgrom and his creation: The Spot00:09:18 Two versions of the same movie?00:12:32 Two different Genesis stories00:17:14 More examples of multiple stories00:22:10 Diverging realties00:24:30 When has Marvel told two stories?00:27:20 The Marvel Universe’s canon event00:29:42 The essentials of a canon event00:34:38 Making a hero or a villain00:35:30 Universe 42’s Prowler Theory00:39:56 Across the Spider-Verse’s AfikomenShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-35-genesis-of-the-spider-verseConnect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.This episode was supported in part by JewCE! (Jewish Comics Experience) which is a full day convention and preview night that brings together fans, creators, and industry professionals to explore the rich history and contributions of diverse Jewish creators and content in the comics medium. JewCE! is created and hosted by the Center for Jewish History in New York City. If you are interested in attending or to learn more, visit jewce.org. Also visit the Center for Jewish History at cjh.org for new information on the institution and their partners, who are all involved in the upcoming exhibit: the museum and laboratory of the Jewish comics experience, opening in October 2023 at the center for Jewish history.
47:30 8/16/23
Episode 34 - Mishpacha of the Galaxy
August 2, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 34 - Mishpacha of the GalaxyThink back to the families that came before us: Abraham and Sarah; Rebecca and Isaac; Jacob, Leah, Rachel, Bilhah and Zilpah; and of course Rocket, Lylla, Teefs, and Floor. Join as we review the many different family structures within the Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy and some surprising connections to a few families from the Torah.00:01:06 The Guardians Trilogy00:02:26 Mishpacha means family00:03:19 The three sets of Amidah families00:06:10 The families in the guardians trilogy00:09:10 Related to Kevin Bacon00:14:15 The High Evolutionary’s obsession00:18:52 Drax, Quasar, and Warlock00:20:57 Rocket’s Perspective and Groot’s love language00:25:20 Swinging back to the Jewish stuff00:26:09 Joseph, Moses, King David, and Joseph again00:31:40 Reliving time with your family00:35:06 Growing from the family around you00:37:18 Some of our favorite afikomen00:46:32 Two types of familyShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-34-mishpacha-of-the-galaxy Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
50:13 8/2/23
Episode 33 - Cancel Lashon Hara ...With Special Guest Rachel Frish
July 19, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 33 - Cancel Lashon Hara …With Special Guest Rachel FrishIn this episode, we are joined by Rachel Frish as we look at the complexities of the Hebrew phrase “lashon hara.” What happens when cultural icons speak poorly of others and how does it impact us as their nerdy fans?00:03:28 Defining Lashon Hara00:06:17 When is it not lashon hara?00:12:12 How to separate an artist from their work00:18:01 Changing and shifting culture00:27:09 Teshuva Process00:34:01 The point of no return00:39:28 Frish’s Harry Potter soapbox00:47:07 May all wickedness ceaseShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-33-cancel-lashon-haraConnect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.Thank you for listening to this week’s episode, we touched on a few difficult topics. We want to make sure to say that if YOU or someone you know is a victim of abuse or in need of support, we urge you to contact your local clergy or the appropriate local or national hotline. If you are not connected to a clergy person, please call RDY. He can be reached any time at 833-722-2701. Everyone should always be able to find support when they need it.
53:16 7/19/23
Episode 32 - The Mikvahlorian ...With Special Guest Ellery Weil
July 5, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 32 - The Mikvahlorian …With Special Guest Ellery WeilJoin us and special guest, Ellery Weil, as we learn the way of the Mandalorian and the uncanny connection to one of Judaism’s ritual practices. While they don’t make their tallit out of beskar the history, culture, and customs we learn about in Season 3 of the Mandalorian help us reflect on our own practices as Jews. Much like Grogu, this podcast means more to us than you will ever know. 00:02:54 Optimal viewing experience00:05:13 Let’s all go to the mikvah00:07:44 An 18th Century Pirate Mikvah00:09:17 Bo Katan’s accidental plunge00:15:00 The dark saber’s transitive property00:15:56 Grogu’s independence! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yes!00:16:45 Pellaeon-tology00:18:22 Two theories00:22:09 Moff Gideon tried00:23:12 Building Nevarro’s Temple00:27:35 The written and spoken words at the mikvah00:30:35 Some more low-key Judaism00:32:06 The Jewish way00:32:53 The spies00:33:22 Lightsabers into plowshares00:34:21 Night of a thousand tears00:35:21 This last one is way out in left fieldShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-32-the-mikvahlorianYou can read Ellery’s article on Hey Alma here: https://www.heyalma.com/is-the-mandalorian-lowkey-jewish/ Connect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
41:11 7/5/23
Episode 31 - Movie Midrash: D&D Honor Among Family
June 21, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 31 - Movie Midrash: D&D - Honor Among FamilyGet ready to roll initiative again because we’re heading into a new medium for D&D! This episode we explore some of the Jewish “connections” that we found in the recent hit film Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves. We also talk about what parts plucked at our heart strings and what we hope they include in a hopeful sequel. 00:00:46 RDY’s D&D memory flashbacks00:04:58 Dungeon & Dragon movies00:12:35 Roll to guess the smash00:13:46 Kehillah kedosha, a holy community00:14:38 Why is community a Jewish value?00:19:46 Hillel said, “Never split the party!”00:23:28 All of Israel is responsible for one another00:27:37 Community amongst the skeleton army00:28:59 Is your party cautious or not cautious?00:30:32 When does a horde become a community?00:35:11 Final thoughts on the film00:37:20 The biblical word for communityShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-31-movie-midrash-honor-among-familyConnect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
39:36 6/21/23
Episode 30 - Movie Midrash: QWundermania ...With Special Guest Terry Wunder
June 7, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 30 - Movie Midrash: QWundermania …With Special Guest Terry WunderIn this episode, we are joined by Terry Wunder as we explore the recent dive into Marvel’s quantum realm and discover what bothers us about the newest Ant-Man movie as well as Terry’s hopes and dreams for the future of the MCU.00:03:41 Overall thoughts on Paul Rudd’s newest MCU film00:11:33 It’s great that Scott wrote a book, so what?00:12:55 It is not your responsibility to finish the work, but neither can you desist from it.00:13:52 Jedi Temple Rabbi Tarfon’s full quote.00:15:12 You just need to do something. Anything.00:21:41 Getting a reward in return.00:26:38 The grant of the reward is in the age to come.00:34:20 LOOK OUT!! For the little guy!00:25:59 Other LITTLE details00:38:42 Jumping into Terry’s Wunderverse00:41:24 Final Thoughts on QuantumaniaShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-30-movie-midrash-qwundermaniaConnect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
46:01 6/7/23
Episode 29 - Anniversary Special: A One-Shot of Biblical Proportions!
May 24, 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 29 - Anniversary Special: A One-Shot of Biblical Proportions!To celebrate one year of being Jewish and Nerdy, we invited our previous guests back to the show for a Torah Smashed version of Dungeons & Dragons. Each player chose a biblical character to portray (character descriptions below) and joined together for an adventure 5,783 years in the making.00:02:27 Interrogating the slave master00:06:26 MacGuffin’s compass00:11:08 Noah: the seafarer and his mysterious ship00:20:33 “Kuo toa! Defend Yourselves!”00:52:02 This calls for a celebratory meal00:54:17 Our hands are tied01:07:13 What’s in the chest?01:13:59 Maybe now it’s magical01:18:13 The Temple atop Mount Sinai01:30:00 Rabbi Fixler’s dreams come to life!01:33:06 Who wakes Lilith?01:51:39 It is not that easy02:09:49 The helping friendly bookShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-29-anniversary-special-a-one-shot-of-biblical-proportionsConnect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.Character Backgrounds:JONAH - played by Barak MalkinLevel 15 Halfling Druid - Jonah comes from his eponymous book of the Tanakh, which we read on Yom Kippur. Jonah is asked by God to travel to Nineveh, tries to get away, gets swallowed by a whale (“big fish”), and eventually does as God asks.JOSEPH - played by Ethan Lane-MillerLevel 15 Half-Elf Monk/Fighter/Warlock - Joseph comes from the book of Genesis (also featured in the musical written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber), where his adventures take him on a roller-coaster ride from favorite child to slave to head of house to prisoner to Egyptian vizier. His placement in Egypt leads to the salvation of his family, which in turn leads to his people being enslaved in Egypt.TAMAR - played by Rabbi Leah BerkowitzLevel 15 Changeling Paladin - Tamar’s story is from Genesis 38, where she starts married to Judah’s eldest (making her Joseph’s niece-in-law). He dies while they are childless, so she marries Judah’s second. He dies while they are childless, so Judah keeps his third son away from her (which is against the custom of the time), and Tamar, in turn, tricks Judah into sleeping with her to provide a child. She uses Judah’s staff, cord, and signet to prove that the child is his.ISAAC - played by Rabbi Josh FixlerLevel 15 Elf Warlock - Isaac’s story comes early in Genesis. He is the only son of Abraham and Sarah, the half-brother of Ishmael, and the father of Jacob and Esau. He spends his biblical story being guided by his family rather than making his own decisions, and eventually gets tricked by his wife and son Jacob because of his dimming eyesight.RAHAV - played by Rabbi Elisa KoppelLevel 15 Half-Elf Rogue Assassin - Rahav comes from the book of Joshua, which tells the story of the conquest of Canaan. When Joshua sends spies into Jericho to scout the city, Rahav (the town prostitute) gives them a place to hide and a route of escape out of the city. Her sign of loyalty to the Israelites was a red cord tied to her window.
135:02 5/24/23
Episode 28 - STRANGERAMA
May 10 2023Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy JewsEpisode 28 - STRANGERAMAGood news, everyone! Exodus is full of travelers, but never did we expect to travel so far into the future! We love fish out of water stories, but when Moses decided to name his son Gershom, meaning “stranger in a foreign land,” we wonder if that stranger also became a delivery boy. 00:01:32 Exodus 2:22 “A Stranger in a foreign land”00:04:08 We’re going into the future….again!00:06:00 Philip J. Fry, the Planet Express delivery boy of 299900:07:48 Favorite fish out of water stories00:09:25 Favorite Jewish fish out of water stories00:14:29 Futurama’s Jewish themes00:16:24 But is it a Jewish show?00:23:31 Dr. Zoidberg’s heritage00:30:31 Futurama’s genius writersShare this episode with a friend: https://www.torahsmash.com/post/episode-28-strangeramaConnect with us online, purchase swag, support us with a donation, and more at www.torahsmash.com.
34:52 5/10/23