Irish Spring

Unorthodox preps for Passover with OMGWTFBIBLE host David Tuchman, and gets schooled by Irish journalist Maitiú Ó Coimin

By Unorthodox|April 21, 2016 12:00 AM



This week on Unorthodox, we’re searching for chametz and waiting for the Red Sea to part.

Our Jewish guest is comedian David Tuchman, who hosts the lively and irreverent-er OMGWTFBIBLE [1] podcast, which makes our program look damn near pious. Each week a guest reads from Tuchman’s [2] own translation of the Bible, while he chimes in with jokes and factoids. He tells us about his yeshiva upbringing, his decision to go to a secular college, and how getting started in comedy unexpectedly brought him back to his Talmudic roots.

A few weeks ago, while interviewing [3] Ladino songstress Sarah Aroeste, Mark Oppenheimer made a reference to Ladino being similar to the Irish language, which is today, he suggested, “spoken by 12 old people at an Irish festival.” A listener sent the episode to Irish journalist [4] Maitiú Ó Coimin, who took to Twitter [5] to correct the record. He Skypes in as our Gentile of the Week to school us on the vibrant and large Irish speaking community, and to curse Mark out [6] in Irish. (Irish curses, it turns out, are a lot like Yiddish curses [7].)

We love to hear from you! Send comments, questions, and complaints to Unorthodox@tabletmag.com [9]. We’ll share our favorites on air. Come see us live at the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina, on May 16.

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