“Ever wondered what The Simpsons has to say about Bereishit? Or what Shrek can teach us about Bamidbar? Join Valerie Brown and Shoshana Gottlieb each week as they explore the parasha through iconic pop culture moments, live from the room next door to the Pardes Beit Midrash”
Ep 18: Mishpatim - Trial of the Chicago 7
Shoshana and Valerie find a way to connect Mishpatim to The Trial of the Chicago 7, we promise! We also introduce our new fancy sound engineer and Shoshana gets mad about Duolingo again.
Ep 17: Yitro - The Path
Shoshana and Valerie discuss divine revelation and why cults are weird. Also discussed: reasons why Moshe Rabbeinu should be Queer Eyed, and what they would do if their friends were prophets.
Ep 16: Beshalach - Chicken Run
Shoshana and Valerie watch comedy classic Chicken Run, and discuss how it’s sort of super similar to the end of the Exodus narrative. Also Shoshana gets hung up on its holocaust vibes.
Ep 15: Bo - Gilmore Girls S2E9
Shoshana repeatedly disappoints Valerie by not liking Gilmore Girls and slandering Lorelai and Paris. We compare teenagers to capitalism and also to God? Also parasha content etc. etc.
Ep 14: Vaera - Jumanji
Shoshana and Valerie wonder if experiencing any of the plagues was sort of like playing Jumanji (but the 2017 version.) Also Valerie torments Shoshana with images of a rat king, and Shoshana loves Jack Black. Is Shoshana’s cough back? Tune in to find out!!!!
Ep 13: Shemot - The Princess Diaries
Shoshana and Valerie start Sefer Shemot with an absolute classic. Things discussed: Anne Hathaway’s eyebrows, Julia Andrew’s being God, and so much more.
High quality podcast
Content wise 💯
I know it’s a good podcast Bc I pause it and talk out loud as if I’m part of the conversation. I love the banter, the sincerity of wanting to give a fresh take to the weekly Torah portion, and the memes. Strong recommend.
Subversive! Jewish! Amusing!
thoughtful and clever 10/10 would listen to again