“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 31: Emor - When Harry Met Sally
Shoshana and Valerie watch the best romcom of all time, When Harry Met Sally and find impressive ways to connect it to Parshat Emor. We discuss the premise of this movie - can men and women be friends? - which doesn't really hold up because queer people?? Also, how the Cohanim force Rashi to define scissoring. We also finally give our loyal fans a nickname.
Ep 30: Kedoshim x Glee S2E18
On this week’s episode, Valerie indulges Shoshana talking about Glee for quite literally the whole time (and yet somehow she doesn’t even make it to the gay stuff.) We promise there IS parasha comparison and discussion but also we discuss why Will Schuester is the worst teacher in the world and why Burt Hummel is the best TV parent out there.
Ep 29: Achrei Mot - Twilight
In this week’s episode, Valerie tries to kill Shoshana with information about Is It Cake, and Shoshana reveals her embarrassing levels of Twilight appreciation. Does Twilight have anything to do with parashat Achrei Mot? The answer may surprise you!!!
SPECIAL Passover Ep: Prince of Egypt!!!
Shoshana and Val are back b'aretz in time to discuss THE PRINCE OF EGYPT before Pesach ends! Our take on this 1998 classic plus our favorite plagues and the usual jibber jabber. Chag kasher v'sameach y'all!
Ep 27: Tazria - Goodnight Mummy
Shoshana and Valerie welcome special guest Rachel Fauber to discuss a baby photography venture, Kim Kardashian conspiracy theories, Unsolved Mysteries... and also Tazria alongside Austrian horror film Goodnight Mummy. Shoshana tries to convince Rachel that she needs to make a contingency plan in case her sweet baby daughter turns out to be a psychopath. Bidud, skin disease, sacrifices, and childbirth - find it all on Pop Culture Parashah this week! PS no we don't talk about The Slap
Ep 26: Shemini - Bridge to Terebithia
On this week's poddy, we have a surprisingly deep conversation about loss by comparing Shemini to Bridge to Terabithia. Valerie admits to having never seen it, both discuss former sweaty teen heartthrob Josh Hutcherson and the universal experience of being in love with a teacher.
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