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[87] Throwing Candy: The Bar Mitzvah Episode

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We have a special guest in studio this week — a 13 year-old named Avi who also happens to be closely related to one of our hosts!

And since he just turned 13 a matter of months ago, as a Jewish kid coming of age he just became a bar mitzvah this past January. Learn a bit about his journey, his preparation, the type of candy he prefers people pelt at him, and how his bar mitzvah party was truly on fire!

Any questions about having a bar/bat mitzvah? Any traditions of your own you’d like to share? Let us know! Tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  I Want Candy (Bow Wow Wow)

[86] Inshallah and In-Ark-ah

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There is singing on this episode!

Granted it’s not the most impressive singing, but it’s still singing. To children’s songs. On YouTube.

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. This episode is about two things specifically. The first of which is what happens when there are misunderstandings which occur in escalated situations due to someone using language which isn’t fully understood. We talk about the recent incident onboard a Southwest Airlines flight where a passenger was removed due to his overheard spoken Arabic phrase of “Inshallah.” And we also discuss a bus trip in Texas where a Sikh man was removed for speaking in Punjabi with a fellow passenger. In both cases, other passengers felt that their safety was at risk. Was this simply a language barrier? And what does Inshallah mean, anyway?

And then we talk about the Biblical (and Quranic) stories of Noah and the ark. Are the narratives we learned rooted in truth? Does the Noah story contradict what we know in modern science?

And then there’s some singing and rejoicing.

Do you want more singing? Should we not quit our day jobs? Tell us what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Body Language (Kid Ink ft. Usher, Tinashe)

[85] Passover, Legumes and a Trip to the Mikveh…

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This is a very special episode: Faiqa’s on her own to host this one, but she welcomes a special guest to help talk about these two Jewish traditions.

First — Passover. We’ve done Passover quite a bit on this show. Check out Episode 6, Episode 46 and Episode 67 if you have some free time.

However, this year we talk about a new decision regarding Kosher for Passover food: The Rabbinical Assembly’s Committee for Jewish Laws and Standards passed a resolution in November stating that it is permissible for Ashkenazic Jews (from Eastern-European descent) to eat legumes (or kitniyot) on Passover. This is a new development which reverses an 800 year old edict. How is that going to change things?

And we also talk about the Jewish ritual bath, or mikveh — and how it’s being re-purposed for a new generation. Traditionally used primarily by converts to Judaism to seal the deal and by married women ending their menstrual periods, communities (like ones in Boston and Washington, DC) are encouraging mikveh use for personal transitions and reflection. Listen to find out more…

Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Freedom (Wham!)

[84] Bend It Like… Bathrooms?

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Ripped from the headlines!

We discuss two recent news stories that have had some traction lately…

First, a Muslim seventh grade student from Houston was singled out in his class and told that “we all think you’re a terrorist” when he laughed at a movie (Bend It Like Beckham) they had been watching. The teacher defended her actions saying that she was trying to teach the class about negative stereotypes. The student’s parents want the teacher removed. We discuss our experiences with being singled out due to stereotypes — and what we should be doing to ensure that this is not a common occurrence.

And then we talk about the recent passage of “bathroom bills” which have popped up in the south (including North Carolina’s HB2) which adversely affect the trans community and mandate that people (including students) use restrooms consistent with the sex on their birth certificate — even if that does not match their gender identity. What’s behind the fear-mongering? And how do our own religious and cultural traditions deal with transgender identity?

Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Darshan (B21)

[83] Hair! That’s My Hummus

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Let’s talk about hair: each strand of it contains your DNA — which are the building blocks of you. Every little individual trait is encoded on that one little piece of hair.

And that strand? It’s strong. It can hold up to 100 grams. Multiply that by the 100,000 strands on the average human head and that’s the weight of two elephants. Really sturdy stuff.

But hair is also a marker for identity and individuality. And hair has had cultural significance throughout world history. This past week this became an issue at San Francisco State University when a video of an altercation between a student of color and a white student with dreadlocks became public. Was this a case of cultural appropriation? Was it inappropriate?

We also discuss what our own religions and cultures say about hair. And our own experiences with the way we style, color or cover it.

Let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Cut Your Hair (Pavement)

[82] What Happens on Campus…

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… doesn’t necessarily stay on campus.

This week’s episode goes back to college — as we discuss some issues which have been newsworthy lately but have also been longstanding issues since we were both in school.

First: fraternities on campus. There have been episodes of dangerous behavior contributing to major injuries and death due to hazing as well as a culture which has promoted sexual assault. What are colleges (and fraternities) doing about this? Is it enough?

We then talk about a resolution recently passed at the University of California condemning antisemitism. There have been increasing numbers of incidents where protests against Israeli policy have crossed a line into tactics which target Jewish groups.

As always, let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music: College Rock (How To Hold The Guitar Right) (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

[81] Fuller Hou(mmu)se

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It’s a valid question: Whatever did happen to predictability?

It’s our TV talk episode! We talk about our experiences watching two recent Netflix shows: Fuller House and Master of None. And how they both impacted us culturally and nostalgically.

We also delve into some of our other favorite shows.

But it’s likely that we’re missing a whole bunch of good ones that you want to tell us about. What should we be watching? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Full(er) House Theme – Acoustic (Carly Rae Jepsen – On Air With Ryan Seacrest, 2016)

[80] When you assume…

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… you make an overstated cliche that everyone already knows.

This week we take a break from the usual review of current events with our commentary sprinkled in — and we talk about ourselves.  There is far more to each of us than “Jewish, male podcast host” and “Muslim female podcast host.” Those around us have made assumptions about who we are, what we stand for, and how we think. But as multi-faceted individuals, sometimes they don’t get it right.  Each of us took five points which we feel people have assumed incorrectly about us.

So? Listen! And also — let us know what assumptions people have made about you… Find us on Facebook or Twitter. Or click on the box below…

What assumptions do people make about you that are not true?

Posted by Hey! That's My Hummus on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

 

As we mentioned yesterday – Faiqa was in Atlanta promoting a book of essays about Hillary Clinton which she participated in. Take a look at the book here:

 
Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  Losing My Religion (Swandive) – from their album “Intuition” (1997)

[79] Capitulater, Alligator!

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First Class Airline Seats“Capitulater, Alligator!”

“Patronage denial, Crocodile!”

This week’s show starts by talking about a specific boycott threat of Lands’ End — the company that makes quality catalog-ordered clothing and accessories.  When they decided to place a featured interview with Ms. Magazine founder and feminist activist Gloria Steinem in their latest issue, they received backlash due to Steinem’s reproductive rights stance and activism, even though not one word was mentioned about this in the piece. Lands’ End decided to retract the article and apologize to those who were offended.  Do boycotts (or threats of boycotts) end up with capitulation of the company? Or do they simply make a statement without enacting change?

We also talk about the discrimination lawsuit Israeli airline El Al faces due to a female passenger being asked to change her seat by a flight attendant because an Ultra-Orthodox passenger didn’t want to sit next to a woman.  Faiqa retells her similar experience when traveling to Pakistan as a teen.

Please ensure that your tray-tables are in their upright and locked position before listening to today’s episode.

And as always – we’d love to hear from you! Find us on Facebook or Twitter.

Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Perfect One (Man Bites Dog) / CC BY-SA 3.0

Interstitial Music:  They Don’t Make Your Kind No More (The New Valleys) / CC BY 4.0

[78] Trump, Trial, and a Triumphant Return

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donald-trumpHi everyone!

We’re back after a short, 126-week break.  Hopefully this isn’t a pattern — but if it is, we’ll look forward to recording again in October 2018.

Today’s episode has us talking current events: Presidential candidate Donald Trump told an apocryphal wild story at a campaign stop in South Carolina about a U.S. Army General who would combat Muslim insurgents by shooting them with bullets dipped in pigs’ blood. Trump is the front-runner in the race for the Republican nomination. We discuss the culture of xenophobia and how it’s pumped up by Trump’s campaign.

We also talk about the latest legal battle for pop singer Kesha (formerly Ke$ha) who has accused her producer, Dr. Luke, of sexual harassment and assault and has requested to extricate herself from her contract. While many artists have come to her aid, Dr. Luke maintains his innocence. Will there be an equitable resolution?

If you’ve got comments, questionable flattery and show ideas, or you just want to welcome us back, you can also let us know on Facebook or tweet us @thatsmyhummus.

Music Credits:

Title Theme (Intro and Outtro):    Holiday (Green Day) — American Idiot (Regular Edition) [Explicit]

Interstitial Music:  Be Good  (TUDZ) — A/B

 

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