• May 8, 2021
  • 26 5781, Iyyar
  • פרשת בהר־בחקתי

MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts

MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts

“I heard that…” “My bubbe says…” “Everybody knows…” But are they correct? Join Rabbi Uri Cohen in debunking urban legends, folk etymologies, and unlikely stories, and in giving some context to seemingly problematic rabbinic texts.

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May 13, 2021
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Thu 5:00 pm
April 22, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts: Session One (4-22-21)
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Urban Legend:
“If you have a tattoo, you can’t get buried in a Jewish cemetery!”

An Unlikely Story:
“The Chofetz Chaim had an encounter from which he learned that you shouldn’t say Lashon HaRa even about yourself!”

Street Torah:
“Reclining at the Seder is to the left, because if you lean right you could choke!”

Folk Etymology:
“The phrase ‘bubbe mysehs’ is the Yiddish equivalent of ‘old wives’ tales’!”

Don’t Know Much About History:
“Jewish slaves built the pyramids!”

Misunderstood Text:
Pirkei Avot says “Don’t talk too much with a woman”!

Stranger Than Fiction:
A teacher accused a girl of lying when she said her father had composed Al HaNissim.

April 29, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts: Session Two (4-29-21)
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Urban Legend:
“A Kohen must marry a virgin!”

An Unlikely Story:
“The Maharal made a golem!”

Street Torah:
“When Rivkah met Eliezer and married Yitzchak, she was three years old!”

Folk Etymology:
“The name ‘MarCheshvan’ means the month is bitter because it has no holidays!”

Don’t Know Much About History:
“The Menorah is hidden in the Vatican!”

Misunderstood Text:
“A midrash says that in the future, pigs will become kosher!”

Stranger Than Fiction:
Rabbis have discussed whether a golem can count in a minyan.

May 6, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts: Session Three (5-6-21)
Class description

Urban Legend:
“Chazal say that if you make three shiddukhim, you’ll go to Olam HaBa!”

An Unlikely Story:
“The location of the Beit HaMikdash is because of a beautiful story about two brothers!”

Street Torah:
“Covering your head with your hand is no substitute for a yarmulke!”

Folk Etymology:
“The word ‘yarmulke’ comes from the Aramaic ‘yerei malka,’ fear of God!”

Don’t Know Much About History:
“Rashi wrote in Rashi script!”

Misunderstood Text:
“The Gemara says that women are feeble-minded!”

Stranger Than Fiction:
In Raiders of the Lost Ark, Belloq recites part of “Brikh Sh’mei.”

May 13, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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May 20, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts: MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts
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May 27, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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June 3, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts: MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts
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June 10, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts: MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts
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June 17, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts: MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts
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June 24, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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July 1, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts: MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts
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July 8, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts: MythBusting: Jewish Urban Legends & Misunderstood Texts
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July 15, 2021 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Rabbi Uri Cohen has been teaching at Midreshet Moriah since 2005. He learned at Yeshivat Shaalvim and Yeshivat Hamivtar, and received Semikhah from RIETS (YU) and Yeshivat Hamivtar. He also holds Masters degrees in Medieval Jewish History and Jewish Education from Yeshiva University. For two years, he was an ATID Fellow. Through Torah MiTzion, he and his wife Dr. Yocheved Engelberg Cohen served as the first members of the Syracuse Kollel, and later as the first couple of the Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus (JLIC) at Princeton University. They now live in Ramat Beit Shemesh. His eclectic lecture topics have included Talmudic Misogyny in Context, Harry Potter and the Value of Fantasy, Contemporary Orthodox Responses to Homosexuality, and How Not to Do Outreach.