November 9, 2022
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 15 - Nerd Mitzvah: A Rite Of Passage
Ethan reminds us that life happens in stages. In Judaism, we experience milestones like our b’nai mitzvah or religious school or summer camp. What rituals do nerd children have to look forward to? Listen if you want to learn how to best prepare for your own Nerd Mitzvah!
00:00:38 Pirkei Avot 5:21
00:04:56 The Milestones of Being a Nerd
00:07:07 As parents, what nerdy milestones do you hope to cross off?
00:15:10 Raising Pokemon Trainers of our own
00:19:19 Welcoming a rising adult into nerd culture
00:25:35 Coming of age rituals in a nerd medium
00:32:26 Alternative B’Mitzvah in Judaism
00:37:30 Kobayashi Maru and other unexpected ceremonies
This episode is supported in part by Magnetic Shul, which is a tech-free, self-contained box with a synagogue background and magnets of the people and props we encounter at shul. The color sets invite children to play and create their own stories while at services or whenever MagneticShul is brought out.
MagneticShul makes a wonderful addition to synagogues. MagneticShul is an educational tool used by all ages: free play, structured barrier games, stop motion animation, or just retelling the synagogue experience. For parents, MagneticShul is a wonderful tool for their children to discover the synagogue through developmentally appropriate play. It is portable and can be enjoyed both on the road, while driving or in the comfort of your own home or at synagogue. Ultimately, MagneticShul is where kids play to pray.
MagneticShul is the brainchild of educator Justin Sakofs. The project was incubated through the PresenTense Global Institute with magnets produced in Israel, the tins are printed in China and assembled by the clients of Keshet in Chicago.
To learn more about MagneticShul visit www.magneticshul.com or contact Justin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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