Judaism 101

Want to feel confident walking into a synagogue, seder or shiva? Start with our Judaism 101 video collection.

Rosh Hashanah: Shofar Callin’

By Reuben 'Prodezra' Formey

Shofar Callin’ connects the story Jews read on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year – when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac – with the ritual blowing of the Shofar, or ram’s horn.

What’s the connection? Find out how the Jewish New Year is WAY more than just a day to spend in synagogue, and how the call of the Shofar can be spiritually meaningful in your daily life. Written and delivered in hard-hitting rhyme by rising Savannah hip hop artist Prodezra Beats, this G-dcast will have you bumping into the new year in no time!

Shana tova! Happy New Year!

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Rosh Hashanah Lyrics

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Rosh Hashanah Source Sheet

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G-dcast Shofar Callin MP3

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Rosh Hashana Lesson Guide

Sukkot: Back to Basics

By Hadara Levin Areddy

Sukkot is the happiest Jewish holiday, but it’s traditional to read Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which can get pretty gloomy! Hadara Levin-Areddy tells the story from King Solomon’s point of view and connects the dots from sadness to joy.

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Sukkot Lyrics

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Sukkot Source Sheet

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Back to Basics (The Sukkot Song) MP3

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Sukkot Lesson Guide

Simchat Torah: Parshat Bereshit

By Sarah Lefton

Parshat Bereshit brings us back to beginnings.

What’s so good, that G-d called it so twice? Tuesday, of course! ?$%#! Tune in to the finale of BimBam’s Torah project in this week’s episode – Bereshit – to find out what that’s supposed to mean.

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Bereshit Source Sheet

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What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah, Chanukah. What is it? Join BimBam staffer Jeremy Shuback for an exploration of the holiday’s history, significance and rituals.

Written by Rabbi Mark Melamut as part of a unique partnership called the Rabbis’ Writing Lab, and shot at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, it’s a new format for BimBam and we hope you’ll like, share and enjoy it this holiday season.

Chag urim sameach! Happy Festival of Lights. Happy Chanukah.

Honi the Circle Maker: A Talmudic Tale for Tu b’shvat

Tu B’shvat is the Jewish birthday of the trees…so here’s a little tale we created to honor our big friends. Straight from the Talmud (the living encyclopedia of Jewish law), BimBam brings you two stories about Honi the Circle Maker! Now get out there and hug a tree.

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Tu B'shvat Source Sheet

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Tu B’Shvat Lesson Guide

How do they grow?

By Sarah

Learn to sing a sweet song in Hebrew with Inbal and Yair, who we visited in Jerusalem! The lyrics are by Datia Ben-Dor and here they are in Hebrew and English. Perfect for Tu B’shevat and all year. Enjoy!

איך צומח עשב? ככה
איך צומח פרח? ככה
איך חיטה צומחת? ככה
איך צומח ילד? ככה

How does grass grow? Like so!
How does a flower grow? Like so!
How does wheat grow? Like so!
How does a child grow? Like so!

What is Purim?

From the parties to the reading of the Megillah to the piles and piles of Hamentashen, Purim is easily the most fun holiday in the Jewish calendar. This video talks about all of the great traditions!

The Passover Seder…What to Expect

If you’re heading to a Passover Seder, it helps to know a little bit about what to expect. This video explains the basics, from the props on the table to the songs people sing. Happy Pesach and have a great seder!

Yom-Ha’atzmaut

What is Yom Ha’atzmaut?” video gives viewers a taste of how Israeli Independence Day started and is celebrated around the world, from the street parties and ceremonies in Israel, to festivals all around the world.

 

 

Shavuot

Shavuot is the most important Jewish Holiday most people have never heard of. From  all night study sessions to mountains of cheese, Shavuot finds incredible ways to celebrate receiving the Torah.

Thanks to the ROI community for making this possible.

This project was made possible with generous support from The Koret Foundation, as part of its Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood.

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