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OMfG podcast: jewish wisdom for unprecedented times

OMfG podcast: jewish wisdom for unprecedented times

By Rabbi Jen Gubitz and Rabbi Jodie Gordon
O.M.f.G, what a wonderful four letter word. Those four letters can say so much in so little time, whether expressing joy or grief, excitement or disappointment, delight and sorrow, impatience or urgency - truly the breadth of human experience. As rabbis, we know that when the stories of our lives meet the stories of Jewish tradition, transformation/growth/something awesome occurs.
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OMfG: Dayenu!
How do we know when enough is enough, or maybe even too much when it comes to fulfilling our obligations to the world around us? As we make our way to seder tables for Passover 2022, the narrative of a perilous journey to freedom is literal for more than 2 million Ukrainian refugees around the world.Join the rabbis JG for an open and honest conversation on the Jewish ideas around obligation, and how we show up in times of crisis.
April 12, 2022
OMfG: Double the Adar, Double the Fun
Who needs Wrigley's Spearmint when you've got a double dose of the month of Adar to bring on the joy? Join the rabbis JG as we think out loud about how to lean toward joy, and dabble in the Torah of Compartmentalization (i.e. some ideas for the spiritual challenges of moving in and out of pandemic intensity). 
February 22, 2022
The Good Enough Episode
This episode is your official rabbinic permission slip- to just get through.  Forget unprecedented- it's hard not to feel like the world is downright unhinged these days. Join the rabbis JG for a reminder that sometimes, one foot in front of another is all we need to do.  ** This episode was recorded before the events at Beth Israel in Colleyville, TX. We are grateful for the safety of our colleague Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker and his congregants.
January 24, 2022
A Very OMfG Christmas (Wait, what?)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the rabbis JG are here for it.  Come for the Home Alone and Chinese food references, and stay to find out which famous Jewish leader had a Christmas tree in his home, and how a Christmas tree saved the lives of one Jewish family in the 1930’s. Shout outs to Rabbi Joshua Plaut and his book: A Kosher Christmas, the American Holocaust Museum, the Berlin Jewish Museum, and of course, our wonderful editor, Jesse Ulrich and Rant9 Productions. 
December 20, 2021
The Chanukah Episode
No matter how you spell it, we could all use a little light and a miracle or two as we make our way to the end of 2021.  Join the Rabbis JG for a special Chanukah episode- as we "go under the hood" of the story as you might know it, and shine a light on some of the lesser known stories and customs of Chanukah. Let's just say there's plenty of salty cheese, wine and feminism to go around. Hanuká Alegré! Happy Chanukah! חנוכה שמח!
November 22, 2021
The Anniversary Episode
Our baby is 1 year old, and you’re invited to celebrate without the smash cake or obligation to bring a present. Join us for a look back at 1 year of OMfG!
November 10, 2021
When Less Is More: The Shmita Episode
It's Cheshvan, the Hebrew month when rabbis heave a sigh of relief and thank God for a lighter calendar. And speaking of a lighter calendar, the rabbis JG are kicking of season 2 with a dive into the wisdom behind Shmita, the practice of a once-every-seven-years sabbatical. So, take a break (no pun intended) and join us for an energetic conversation on the holiness in doing less. 
October 15, 2021
Happy New Year 5782! On Golden Threads, Mush, and Cool Ranch Glitter
Its almost Rosh Hashanah 5782 and the Rabbis JG are back from a very OMfG Summer!  This week we're talking about the final glimmers of summer, how Dar Williams is our Rabbi, and the Torah of Monarch Butterflies! Come for the laughter, stay for the Cool Ranch recommendation! Wishing you a happy, healthy and sweet new year!
September 01, 2021
Special Episode: OMfG & The Vibe of the Tribe Crossover
It's mid July and the Rabbis JG are special guests on's The Vibe of the Tribe Podcast, where we spend a lively 60 minutes... talking about our 30 minute podcast. Co-hosted by Miriam Anzovin and Dan Seligson, we're talking Torah cafe carts, feminist Torah super heroes, dress codes for revelation for Mt. Sinai (Desert Cocktail Recommended), and making a list of snarky merch we want to sell! We dig a bit deeper into what the "f" stands for... and, of course, offer some poignant reflection of how much we love creating OMfG!   Many thanks to Miriam, Dan and Jesse for a lot of fun! 
July 19, 2021
Summer Lovin': Camp Edition
Get your trunks packed and your sunscreen ready because OMfG it's time for summer camp. From the hill, to the lake, to the Gaga pit, this episode is dedicated to the magic of Jewish sleep away camp. We'll dive into the history and have the chance to reflect on this unique summer with special guests Ben Cutler and Sara Beth Berman. With gratitude to URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute and URJ Eisner Camp for shaping us!
July 08, 2021
Hey Teach, THANK YOU!
School's out for the summer and wow (!) are we thankful to teachers, educators, administrators, support staff, cafeteria and maintenance workers - and obviously Hebrew school teachers, too. Join the Rabbis JG as we hear from Math educator and administrator, Jenny Rittberg, about what it was like to be on the frontlines of education this past year. We're also talking favorite Jewish texts about learning, stories of mildly bad behavior in school, and wondering if excel sheets can be a spiritual practice!
June 22, 2021
See You At Sinai
The most underrated Jewish festival is here (come on! Cheesecake and Torah?) and we're celebrating Shavuot with a trek through Torah. Join the rabbis JG as we talk Torah in all it's forms - Torah as our cornerstone for how to live a life of meaning, and Torah as a pretty special pajama party guest (you'll have to listen for more on that story!) With gratitude to our fantastic new editor, Jesse Ulrich, and a dash of music from the great Dan Nichols.
May 17, 2021
The Big Count *Up*
This week the Rabbis JG are talking about the ritual of counting the Omer, a sacred bridging of the time from Passover to Shavuot, pessimism and optimism, as well as speaking to a particular painful reckoning in the Reform Movement with regard to abuse of power.  Are you a count “upper” or count “downer?”  How do you sustain the time it takes to reach mountaintop moments? Featuring the beautiful music of Rabbis Yosef Goldman, Zach Fredman and Shir Yaakov Feit.  For more of Yosef's music, check out his latest CD on bandcamp and the Rising Song Institute.
May 08, 2021
Misty Watercolored Memory
Spring is a season of memory in the Jewish calendar.  Join the rabbis JG for a reflective conversation on how we remember as Jews. We're talking Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day), Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) and wondering: what does it mean to hold on to the lessons of the past while living into the future? 
April 15, 2021
Let My People... Get Vaccinated! Passover 2021
Spring has sprung and Passover is on the way! This week, the Rabbis JG are having a blast talking with Rabbi Jeff Stombaugh of "The Well" in Detroit about and all things Pesach. Come for a great conversation about the magic of Passover and innovating ritual and stay for a meaningful discussion about Manischewitz flavors and the merits of... dill.  Major gratitude to Leslie Gubitz for editing this podcast.
March 22, 2021
What We've Learned & Lost
For our 10th episode, the Rabbis JG are talking "what we've learned, what we've lost, and what we've gained" during this past year of pandemic living.
March 13, 2021
Purim: the Mandatory Fun Episode
What could be better than a holiday with not one but two heroines, and a mandate to eat, drink and be merry? Join the rabbis JG for some mandatory fun as we talk Purim, and welcome our very first ever guest to the podcast, Rabbi Leah Berkowitz, author of this year's breakout hit, "Queen Vashti's Comfy Pants".
February 25, 2021
Love, Love, Love!
Love is in the air! This week we're talking about love in all it's forms, from our besties to work spouses to neighbors to self-love. Join the rabbis JG as we wonder out loud together "what's Jewish about Valentine's Day?" (hint: it was never about roses and chocolate. Not that we're opposed to chocolate!)
February 14, 2021
The Soundtrack of Our Lives
What's our favorite "F" word? This week it's Friedman, as in Debbie Friedman, of blessed memory. As we enter into Shabbat Shira (an entire Shabbat dedicated to song and music), we're remembering the melodies and moments of our Jewish lives, from when "we" stood at the sea, to the soundtracks and playlists that accompany our lives today.
January 29, 2021
New Beginnings & Transformation
How many times since the pandemic started have you thought to yourself “well, after xyz happens things will change- and get better?" What do we do when we're just in the waiting place, and those new beginnings aren't quite cutting it? Join the rabbis JG for some winter-time wisdom, about how we begin over and over again, and the power of rituals of transformation.
January 18, 2021
Giving it a rest
Join the rabbis JG for a deep dive on one of our favorite topics: rest! This week we're breaking it down, thinking out loud together about the value of rest. Are rest and sleep synonymous? What if a quick snooze won't fix the bone deep tiredness you're feeling? New year, new nap plan? We sure hope so, because like you, we're exhausted.
January 01, 2021
Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracles!
You thought Taylor Swift's album drop was your Chanukah gift? Get excited-- we've got episode 4 ready for you just in time. It's Chanukah--- the festival of lights, and the celebration of miracles! Join the rabbis JG as we discuss everything from the miracle of life, to the miracle of making it through another day. From surviving a lion falling on top of you, to noticing how much you have to be grateful for, our Jewish tradition has a thing or two to say about miracles.
December 11, 2020
What are you grateful for?
This week we're talking about gratitude and its Jewish roots, or how can gratitude transcend a one day event to become spiritual practice? Special shoutouts to our musical guest Elana Jagoda, the wisdom of Maria Sirois, incredible audio editing by Leslie Gubitz, and a big happy and healthy 40th to Jodie!
November 26, 2020
What's your spiritual mantra?
Join the rabbis JG for the episode #2 of the OMfG Podcast!This week we're talking about spiritual mantras, or how do we move through all the hard parts of being human with patience, and perseverance.? Special shoutouts to our musical guests, singer-songwriter Elana Arian, and the inimitable, Charlene Gubitz.
November 18, 2020
What's your metaphor?
Join Rabbi Jen Gubitz and Rabbi Jodie Gordon for the very first episode of OMfG-- recorded just days before the 2020 Election, as we ask "what's your metaphor for this moment?"
November 02, 2020