New Moon on … Tuesday?

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…

An Old School SNL Style Seder

I  mentioned this on Episode 6: Passover, Burqa Bans and Birth Certificates. Those who have already listened to the latest podcast will recall that I mentioned that it’s not a real show unless you have to apologize to someone. Remedied, my friends. Drafting my letter of apology…. right… now. What do you think, funny or…

PassOver This Post.

Things have been a bit crazy on this side of the aisle of Hey! That’s My Hummus! And the craziness has been completely hummus-free. That’s because the observance of Passover — a holiday which continues for seven or eight days (depending on your custom and location) — began on Monday evening. And there are some…

Kosher Face…

** Have you listened to Episode 4: Conflicted, Slaughtering and Prince William’s Wedding, yet?  Download on iTunes or listen here ** httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig3YHduKPmw With the Jewish holiday of Passover just around the corner, I’m reminded that Judaism is the “Weird Al” Yankovic of world religions.  Check YouTube and Facebook and you’ll find an overabundance of parody songs relating…

Ritual and Religion

** Have you listened to Episode 4: Conflicted, Slaughtering and Prince William’s Wedding, yet?  Download on iTunes or listen here **   Grounded and crushed to a fine powder and then mixed with water, Mendhi, or henna, is an elaborate part of an Indian or Pakistani wedding.  The bride’s henna is often a focal point…

“The Bible says WHAT?!?” (Jewish Potions and Other Weirdness…)

** Have you listened to Episode 3, yet?  Download on iTunes or listen here ** I mentioned some troubling things about Jewish law in our last episode.  We were talking about the Muslim legal concept of Diyyat (monetary remuneration for killing someone), and I expressed some information about Jewish law that doesn’t usually get included in one’s…

Praying

** Have you listened to Episode 3, yet?  Download on iTunes or listen here ** In our last episode “Ignorant Americans, Blood Money and Grossed Out By Glee?”, we touched on the topic of negotiating our respective faiths in the context of modernity.  When I was listening to the episode this morning, I realized that…

Queen Esther, Illustrated

Have you listened to Episode 2: “Purim Explained, Conservative Women, and UCLA girl”? On this past week’s episode of Hey! That’s My Hummus! you’ve heard that I observed the holiday of Purim at my synagogue this past Saturday night.  I also mentioned that at my synagogue (as well as many others) it is customary for…

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