In this week’s episode: Genesis 20-23. We decide once and for all whether Avraham deserves a spot alongside Sandy Koufax, Leonard Nimoy and Barbra Streisand in the Jewish pantheon. We consider Avraham’s track record in the run-up to his biggest moment in the Tanakh: the Akkedah, or binding of his son Yitzhak – and conclude that his place in the Hall of Fame might merit another round or two of voting.
Loyal TanakhCast listeners have asked: “Say, hey where did you get that clip of William Shatner…”
Or: “Say, hey, what’s that song that marks the transition between the recap bit and the chatty bit?”
Thus, I have decided to provide a list of “credits” and source all the little clips and snippets from the wonderful world of the Interwebs.
The list begins with the song that marks the transition between the recap bit and the chatty bit or the transition between the chatty bit and the closing bit:
“Alfie” by Lili Allen from her debut studio album, Alright, Still. It can be purchased from iTunes here..
The “Y’all come back now, ya hear” at the end of each broadcast comes from the closing credits of “The Beverley Hillbillies” which can be heard at the end of the episode here.
Episode 1 did not have any samples.
“Twinkle Twinkle” on the xylophone came from here.
Chekov says “This is Vodka” here.
Luis Esquivel’s “Mucha Muchacha” from the album Cabaret Manana can be purchased from iTunes here.
“Silly Rabbit, Trix are for Kids” came from a collection of Trix commercials here.
“Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” by Craziewhite Peckawoods can be purchased from iTunes here.
Mitt Romney says “Corporations are people my friend” here.
Dana Carvey as “Saturday Night Live”‘s Church Lady says “Isn’t that special?” here.
“I Believe” sung by Andrew Rannells from the Book of Mormon soundtrack can be purchased from iTunes here.
William Shatner saying “Spock, are you out of your mind?” was here, but has since been taken down by CBS. :(
The “Whatchu talkin’ bout Willis?” compilation from “Diff’rent Strokes” came from here.
The “Gilligan’s Island” theme came from here.
Bart Simpson says “Noah, save us! …NO!!” in Season 3 Episode 6 entitled “Like Father, Like Clown” here.
The French taunting comes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail here.
Peabody and Sherman head back into “Peabody’s Improbable History” here.
Nigel wonders “What’s wrong with being sexy?” from This is Spinal Tap here.
The London Fanfare Trumpets play their flourish here.
Jeff Spicoli says “You Dick!” to Mr. Hand in Fast Times at Ridgemont High here.
W.C. Fields observes “What a catastrophe!” in Never Give a Sucker an Even Break here.
Biff says “Why don’t you make like a tree and get outta here” to McFly in Back to the Future here.
The theme song from “The Jetsons” came from here.
The “All Time Best Heroic Song” came from here.
Ali G says “Booyakasha!” here.
“Nudge Nudge” from the third Monty Python’s Flying Circus episode “How to Recognise Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away” came from here.
Heather Locklear says “And so on and so on and so on” in the Faberge Organics Shampoo commercial here.
Charlton Heston says “The Lord of Hosts will do battle for us! Behold his mighty hand!” in a clip from Cecille B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments here.
“The Haggle” comes from Monty Python’s The Life of Brian here.
Arnold Schwarzenegger needs clothes and offers assistance in clips from Terminator 2: Judgment Day here.
The medical disclaimer from a 2012 Cialis commercial can be heeded here.
“You Bastard!” as exclaimed by John Cleese in “The Restaurant Sketch” from the third Monty Python’s Flying Circus episode, “How to Recognise Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away” can be enjoyed here.
Mitt Romney reasserts that “Corporations are people my friend” here.
Butters sings “What What in the Butt” in Season 12, Episode 4 of South Park entitled ‘Canada on Strike’ here.
Episode 7: (…which will be go live tomorrow! Spoilers!!)
The rebooted McCoy says “Spock, are you out of your vulcan mind?” here.
Charlton Heston declares his legendary line from Planet of the Apes here.
Jeff Spicoli says “You Dick!” to Mr. Hand in Fast Times at Ridgemont High again here.
Law and Order’s “dun dun” came from here.
Jabba the Hut’s laugh from Return of the Jedi came from here.
Leonard Nimoy sings “The Legend of Bilbo Baggins” here.
In this week’s episode: Genesis 16-19. We examine two very powerful human emotions: laughter and fear. Though laughter might bring life to the party, fear insures that life will go on. (Now that’s a scary thought…) We will also consider why our biblical forebears laughed in God’s face and how the real sin of Sodom had nothing to do with naughty bits.
BTW, the Radiolab podcast can be found here. This American Life on tribes can be found here. You can buy Inside Jokes: Using Humour to Reverse Engineer the Mind by Matthew Hurley, Daniel Dennett, and Reginald Adams Jr. here or Jared Diamond’s The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? here. And Jay Michaelson’s book God vs. Gay?: The Religious Case for Equality can be found here.
This new feature at The Next Jew will focus on pieces in the mainstream and/or Jewish press that folks share with me that report/echo what I wrote about in End Of The Jews: Radical Breaks, Remakes and What Comes Next.
This week, a piece from the Jewish Chronicle about how the extreme polarization of the American Jewish community has made the topic of “Israel” a toxic, no-fly zone.
Admittedly, “toxic, no-fly zone” is a mixed-metaphor, but it nonetheless summons a telling image of the petroleum-sludge eating Gamera rising from the shores of the Pacific before retracting his hind-legs and rocketing through space to devour yet another panel discussion about the future of the Two-State Solution. Watch out, Alan Dershowitz!
In this week’s episode: Genesis 12-15. We examine the not-so-heroic behaviour of the First Father Avram during his sojourn in Egypt as we ponder the nature of biblical heroes. We also consider the ramifications of time travel on choice, free will and the fate of Avram’s descendants in Egypt as Avram shoos away vultures in the “Covenant of the Pieces”. Will Skynet prevail?
All of my blogging energies have been channeled of late into TanakhCast … which, so far, has met its pledge of a new episode every week-ish! Tfu tfu tfu, knock salt and kiss the mezuzah…
But fear not, dear readers!
I am sure the tomfoolery of the organized Jewish community will inspire me to periodically put my bemusement to words in this space.
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In this week’s episode: Genesis 8-11. We explore the waning days of the Deluge and the bad behaviours of Noah and his son Ham. With the eating of meat and the meting-out of curses, humanity sets out to resettle the planet and make a mess of things – socially and semantically – with their plans for building a Tower in Babel. We also introduce our Text-to-Speech friend Lee, our guest lengthier-passage reader!
BTW, the Gustav Doré illustration of the Tower of Babel can be found here.