A Jew and a Gentile Walk into a Bar…Mitzvah

Charles Bretan and Chris Henson

Author: Charles Bretan and Chris Henson

2 gentlemen, 1 Jewish & 1 Christian, blogging and podcasting about faith, cigars, mental health, cigars, social justice, cigars, and other interfaith issues. Oh, and cigars.


In our podcast we focus on faith, mental health, and cigars. We approach these subjects from many directions: personal, academic, theological, and philosophical. However, we are less than enthusiastic with the description of our blog, our podcast, and even our relationship as “interfaith.” Interfaith is such a constricting term, so we created a new moniker for what we do—interfaithED. We want anyone wishing to join in our discussions to understand our goal, to share our respect for each other and The Other. In order to learn grow, and expand our view requires we put ourselves in uncomfortable situations, that we expose ourselves to “dangerous” ideas, but that learning only happens when we are uncomfortable, and ideas only seem dangerous because they come from The Other.

Episode 110: Shofar So Good Score 0%

Episode 110: Shofar So Good

I believe that a line from the movie “Billy Madison” best captures the essence of episode 110 of a Jew & a Gentile Walk into a Bar…Mitzvah, the Podcast. [Clears throat] “At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.” This episode is an hour of stream of consciousness ramblings, reflections on being quarantined, and Charles describing, in a lengthy cringe-worthy fashion, his favorite memes of the apocalypse. If you’re like this editor you’ll think that you’re in Sartre’s “No Exit.” The whole episode is mishigas. If you want to hear several funny stories skip to the 41:34 mark to hear about the Gentile talk about the “Gas Rag Incident.” Stick around for two Ampersand stories, one at the 49:00 mark where we learn that it is Helena’s “Life Goal to get in that Hole.” She also allows Chris to tell the “Shofar Story” at the 52:40 mark. In conclusion, its an episode of us coping with Covid-19 and you’re along for the ride.

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