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Episode 15 - Nerd Mitzvah: A Rite of Passage

Release DATE: November 9, 2022

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!


The theme music for Torah Smash! was created by Shawn Fogel. You can check out Shawn's bands and studio work at


This episode is supported in part by MagneticShul, 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. It 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 it is assembled by the clients of Keshet in Chicago.

To learn more about MagneticShul visit or contact its creator at


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