Hey! That’s My Hummus!

We’re the only hummus-themed podcast which is not a cooking show.

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  • Published: Aug 31st, 2011
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New Moon on … Tuesday?

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Eid Mubarak!  Muslims have been marking the end of Ramadan over the past few days worldwide with Eid-al-Fitr, perhaps the biggest holiday within the calendar. It also is the beginning of the month of Shawwal.  Because the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycles, it’s an observance which actually begins at sundown. Similar to Jewish holidays — which also follow a lunar calendar.

Faiqa has a wonderful post about Eid-al-Fitr at her blog. She also discusses the ongoing issues with determining exactly when the calendar date should fall in different parts of the world.

(cc) Ethan Ableman via Flickr

But as we’ve discussed on the show, it’s quite interesting to see what Judaism and Islam have in common where it comes to our way of keeping time. Although we both have calendars based on the moon with twelve months apiece, the Jewish calendar throws in leap years to keep the lunar years consistent with the solar calendar. That’s why Passover and Hannukah fall around the same times every year, while Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr are several weeks earlier year after year. (The Jewish calendar has a 19 year cycle in which seven of those years include a whole extra month… but your head will likely explode if I explain all of this right now.)

The point of this is that Judaism is beginning a new month as well — the month of Elul.  It’s the last month of the Jewish calendar, and it has a bit of significance. First of all, the name is an acronym for the Hebrew Ani l’dodi v’dodi li — which means “I am for my beloved, and my beloved is for me.”  Sweet, no?  Also, it that it is the last month of the Jewish year, it’s a preparation month for the more solemn New Year (Rosh Hashanah) which comes in one month. And to get people into that state of mind, the shofar is sounded every day (aside from the Sabbath).

Okay. The real point of this is that Faiqa and Shiny are very busy right now. Celebrating. Observing. So we don’t have a new podcast for you this week. However, we do have some gifts — as per the tradition of Eid.

First: a girl with some amazing lungs blowing the shofar:

Second: An awesome Eid celebration / dance number coming from… Canada?

And third:  Faiqa and Shiny have put together a reel of previously unreleased bonus footage from Hey! That’s My Hummus!  Some are extended topics we discussed off-air; some are snippets of us from behind the scenes, and some are just… well, embarrassing outtakes which ended up getting cut. Enjoy!  (Note: These twelve minutes are available on the website only and are not on iTunes.)

We’ll be back after Labor Day.

(photo credits:  //www.flickr.com/photos/victius/4018086468/ and //www.flickr.com/photos/ethansphotosarecool/4194513323/)

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  • Published: Aug 19th, 2011
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A Very Special Episode of Hey! That’s My Hummus! {{LISTEN #24}}

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You’re just going to have to listen to find out what we talked about in this episode.

Sorry, but we have to put our feet down about something around here.  No synopses for very special episodes.

Okay.  Fiiiine.

I’ll give you a hint.

SEASON FINALE!!!!!

 

What?

Podcasts have season finales.  Maybe even a cliffhanger, too.

You’re totally going to listen now.

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  • Published: Aug 17th, 2011
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Do You Need Religion To Be Moral? And Polygamy {{LISTEN}} HTMH #23

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Happy Tu B’Av.

You have no idea what that means, do you?  So you should listen.

In light of the recent conviction of Warren Jeffs, Mike and I talked about polygamy and its place in modernity.  And completely forgot to talk about how gross Warren Jeffs really is.

I also read an op-ed piece entitled “Legacy of a Society That Believes in Nothing” from the U.K. Daily Mail that was posted on a friend’s Facebook wall.  The author argue that the core issue of the U.K. riots lies in an overly secular society and further postulates, “without religion, we are all a little less human.”

Want to know what we think about that?

Of course you do.

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  • Published: Aug 12th, 2011
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Riots in Britain and Religious Intolerance {LISTEN} HTMH #22

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Sometimes we simply have no choice but to tackle the tough issues — even if it means things will get ugly.

Which is why, in episode 22 of Hey! That’s My Hummus! We discuss the recent violence and chaos which has troubled Great Britain over the past week. The riots sparked by the shooting death of a citizen by law enforcement has spiraled into something much more catastrophic, and we try to determine why and how something like this could happen. Our thoughts are with those affected on the other side of the Atlantic.

We also delve into a recent report by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion in Public Life titled Rising Restrictions on Religion, which talks about religious tolerance (and intolerance) in the countries around the world. Are nations becoming more restrictive about religion? Are they becoming more accepting?

But perhaps the toughest controversy of all is addressed: was KITT from Knight Rider voiced by the guy who played Mr. Belvedere?

Join us for this special episode — and share your thoughts with us! Do so here, on Facebook or on Twitter.

 

We’re Kinda Hungry: Ramadan and Tisha B’Av {LISTEN} HTMH #21

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It’s no secret that Ramadan is this month and that Faiqa’s fasting, but did you know that Shiny also fasted this week?

Relax, he’s not converting, it was actually a Jewish observance called Tisha B’Av.  Learn all about our similarities and differences in this super special “going hungry” episode where we discuss the hows, whats and whys of fasting in our traditions.

Have you liked us on Facebook, yet?  If so, why not?  We like you.

 

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  • Published: Aug 5th, 2011
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The Best of HTMH — With a Special Surprise Guest Host! [LISTEN]

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Wow! Twenty episodes! Where has the time gone?!?

It was just about one year ago that Faiqa and Shiny first discussed the idea of collaborating on a project that would ultimately become Hey! That’s My Hummus!  First we were thinking about co-authoring a blog. Then it was a book. Then a news-based television show. Then it was a wacky sitcom about two families, one Muslim and one Jewish, who share a backyard and a miniature talking horse named Vinny. And ultimately? We decided to set our aspirations higher and work together on a podcast.

It’s been a wonderful twenty podcasts. We’ve talked about a multitude of different subjects. We’ve laughed, yelled, agreed, disagreed, disagreed even more, and vehemently disagreed. And we love it. And we look forward to bringing you many more in the future.

Since Faiqa is at BlogHer ’11 this week, we’ve decided to put together a compilation of two segments from past shows: the first is the reason for the namesake of the podcast — the great hummus debate.  Our pilot episode had this topic span over two, fifteen-minute segments, but we’ve cut it down to just one.  And then we look back at our discussion about the advent of a Muslim superhero in the Batman comic book series — and the prevalence of religious diversity within the superhero world.

And if you thought it didn’t get any better than that — we have a special, surprise guest host this week!   Many thanks to this awesome person for helping us out.

If you haven’t listened to our podcast before, this is a great one to listen to for a taste of what we’re all about.  If you have listened, please share this one amongst your friends if you think they might like it.  But listen anyway because — hey! Special Guest host!

We’ll be back next week for episode #21. Stay tuned!

Ask A Jew! [LISTEN] HTMH #20

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Do Jews have to wear certain clothes when they worship?

Is the concept of heaven and hell present in Judaism?

Why does Mike keep kosher?

How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie roll lollipop?

Tastes great or less filling?

All these (mostly) and more answered by our very own resident Jew, Shiny.

Thanks to all our listeners who submitted questions!

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