S1Ep35: We Should All Observe Tisha b'Av

Tisha B'Av starts this Monday night.  It is a complete bummer of a holiday, but, as Jenna argues, a really important and useful bummer.  In the Torah this week, we start Devarim, the fifth and final book of the Torah.    

S1Ep30: Righteous Subversiveness

Judaism is a deeply subversive religion.  As Jews, we are mandated to challenge unjust institutions and leaders--even to the point of arguing with God.  But unfettered subversiveness is potentially disastrous.  Using a story from the Talmud and the week's parsha, Jenna investigates how to be righteously subversive, and what good Jewish leadership looks like.  

S1Ep27: Coming Clean and Making Change

Jenna explains why she didn't release a Shavuot episode after all, and how some embarrassing goings-on in her personal life have helped her engage Judaism's conceptions of healing in a new way.  In the Torah portion, Jenna studies Judaism's least abided-by law.  Support Bad Jew Weekly on Patreon: patreon.com/badjewweekly 

S1Ep26: I'm Hungry... for Knowledge

This Tuesday night, we'll celebrate the beginning of Shavuot.  Jenna explores what Shavuot is, why it's dope, and why we received the Torah in the wilderness.  

S1Ep24: Adversity as Spiritual Growth with Special Guest Rachelle Tratt

It's almost Lag B'Omer.  Jenna, having just learned what the holiday is about, is excited to discuss it with you!  (Hint: bonfires and Kabbalah.)  Continuing in the mysticism vein, Jenna then chats with Rachelle Tratt of The Neshama Project about growing from adversity, conscious consumerism, everyday tzedakah, and how a chance encounter can change your life.  Last but not least, Jenna struggles with a parshah she despises.  Check out The Neshama Project at: https://theneshamaproject.com/  

S1Ep23: Finding New Ground Together with Special Guest Maryam Saleemi

In honor of Yom Haatzmaut, Israeli Independence Day, Jenna offers a progressive prayer for a peaceful, just Israel. Jenna then chats with Maryam Saleemi, the Communications and Development Manager of NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish leadership organization in Los Angeles, about building Muslim-Jewish friendships.  Check out the "Two Faiths One Prayer" video created by Maryam and her class of NewGround Fellows here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWP1nvy5C_U

S1Ep22: Imagination Nation, with Special Guest Professor Gadi Ariav

Israel is frequently described as "Startup Nation" for its role as a global power in technological innovation, but Professor Gadi Ariav of Tel Aviv University's Coller School of Management has coined a new term: "Imagination Nation."  Gadi talks with Jenna about why Israelis are great innovators, the role of Israel in the global tech community, and what we can learn about the national character of Israel by studying its inventions.  In "Torah Time," Jenna unpacks a doozy of a (double) Torah Portion.  

S1Ep20: A Passover Extravaganza, with Jenna and Her Family!

Jenna learned a lot of new stuff at her family's Seders this year, and now she's sharing it with you!  Come for the fascinating Passover facts, stay for the interviews with Jenna's friends and family.  This is not a drill.  

S1Ep18: The Democratization of Holiness with Special Guest Erin Gleeson

Vayikra (known in English as Leviticus), the third book of the Torah, is weird, gross, and seemingly incompatible with our modern lives.  Jenna argues for why we should give it a chance.  Special guest New York Times best-selling cookbook author Erin Gleeson talks about her Jewish journey, overcoming hosting anxiety, and why you don't need to be perfect to host Shabbat.  



S1Ep17: The Anointed One and the Class Clown with Special Guest Sam Lerner

Jenna grapples with current Jewish world events and investigates one of the concepts in Judaism she finds most difficult.  Special guest Sam Lerner regales Jenna with tales from his Hebrew School days, being on the "Jewiest" show in network television, and keeping his Instagram game strong.  Follow Sam on Instagram at @samlerner and follow Jenna @badjewweekly.