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Lunch & L’Chaim with a Jewish Rabbi | Have a Little Faith with Zach Anner


-So, I’m meeting
a guy named Mendy today who is a YouTuber who happens to be
an Orthodox Jew. I’m gonna go to temple
with him, and then I’m gonna
spend the day with him and meet his family. So, this is gonna be awesome
because the only exposure I’ve had to Orthodox Jews, or Hasidic Jews,
is a production of “Fiddler on the Roof”
that I saw in college that I don’t think had
any actual Jewish people in it. I’m at Mendy’s house,
and we’re gonna go and meet him. He’s an Orthodox Jew. So, I don’t know
what that means. Hey!
-Hey! -Shalom!
-Shalom, shalom. Very nice to meet you.
-Nice to meet you, too! I’ve watched all your stuff.
-Oh. I’ve watched your stuff.
Big fan. -I’m a big fan
of yours, too. -Come on in.
-Thanks. -So, this is a mezuzah. You’ll see it on
every door post in the house. It’s a scroll,
handwritten from a scribe. It has a portion of the Torah — the Old Testament —
written in by hand. -Okay.
-The Shema is our most famous prayer. -So,
what does the prayer say, and why is it in the doorway? -It’s basically making
this a godly house and that every room
that you’re in, you’re entering through, like,
God’s security. You know what?
Here’s the deal. Let’s make l’chaim.
You don’t have to drink it. The Grand Rabbi said
you can make l’chaim and then pour it
back in the bottle. -Oh! “L’chaim” —
What does that mean? -Well, it means “to life.” -To life!
-To life! L’chaim! -L’chaim!
-L’chaim. -I just want to keep saying it. -Ahh. -Are you a Hasidic
or Orthodox Jew? -Both.
The — Well, first — -Both? I didn’t know
you could be both. I’m learning things.
-I’m a “playa.” You have Reform,
Conservative, Modern Orthodox, Orthodox,
ultra-Orthodox, Hasidic. -How does that fit in with,
like, being a YouTuber? ‘Cause you have a lot
of YouTube videos. -They’re still under warranty.
It’s only been 40 days. Let me speak to your supervisor. Our sect is called Chabad. While a lot
of other sects stay sheltered — “Technology is evil,
stay away from it” — our particular sect —
thank God — embraces it.
Hang on one sec. -You can bring —
-Hey, Yosef and Hinda. Hey, you guys
want to come here a second? Hey.
This is my friend Zach. -Hi.
Nice to meet you. -Zechariah. -How has being a father
changed your relationship to your faith? -It’s strengthened my faith. Being a father has definitely
strengthened my faith because it’s — I mean, they’re just —
Kids are, I think, much closer to God, and,
like, they’re miraculous. All right, Hinda, go to Ima
for a few minutes. I got to talk to Zach, okay?
And then — And then we’re
gonna come inside. -Let’s talk about
this awesome yarmulke. -Oh. Here.
I’ll give — -Do all of them have
the yellow zippers? -I’ll give you half of it.
-Okay. I’ll take half. -You take half.
No, Actually, this — this yarmulke
is something that I designed. -So, you are — you are
the Calvin Klein of yarmulkes. -I’m the Calvin Klein.
-What does a yarmulke mean? What is a yarmulke? -The yarmulke is not a law. It’s not written in the Bible,
“Thou shalt wear a yarmulke.” It’s a custom
that the rabbis came up with to always remind us
that there’s somebody above. And there’s another garment
called the zizith. It’s a command
in the Torah if you have garment
with four corners, you’re supposed to
put the zizith on it. And it represents
the 613 commandments that the Jews have, so… -613?!
-Yeah. -I’ve only heard about 10! Quickly,
go through all of them. We’ve got to wrap it up
because your kids are probably
getting tired and upset that I’m keeping you outside.
-Yeah. Well, why don’t you help me
put them to bed? -Really?
-Yeah. Come inside. -Awesome. -Ooh, look at this.
The green one is coming. It’s flying.
[ Imitates plane flying ] Ah!
It got you! Whoo! Whoa!
We’re taking a ride! Aah! [ Laughter ] Did you take it? Did you take it? Ah, did you take it? Ah, she likes it.
She’s smiling. Here you go.
Pass Hinda the pillow. -[ Laughs ] -Go give it to Zach.
-[ Speaks indistinctly ] -“Here are the scissors.” [ Speaks Hebrew ] -Abba loves you.
Ima loves you. Yosef loves you. Hinda loves you. Batsheva Menucha loves you. The rabbi loves you.
Hashem loves you. Everybody loves…
-Everybody loves — and Batshe– -Hinda, Yosef, and…
-Batshe! -Let’s mack out of here. -I have to say, man,
I hope one day that I have a family that is as adorable
and as loving as your family. -Thank you. Thanks.
That means a lot. -We are so late to temple. -Yeah. I know. I’m gonna blame it all on you,
you know. -Blame it on the gentile.
That’s fine. -Yes. Should you go in first? Watch the camera. Want a yarmulke?
-Absolutely. Thank you. -This is Zach. -Nice to meet you.
-Zach’s coming to — He’s coming to visit the shul, and he wants to have l’chaim. -Thank you so much. [ Indistinct talking ] -Yes, yes. So, this is Zach.
-Look at this one. -This is Zach — hang on —
and Zach wants to know why people are paying
over 100 bucks for a lemon. -Well, that’s a good question.
Well, the answer is like this — that there’s
a special mitzvah — mitzvah means that God
has requested us to connect to God
by doing certain things. And in a week
from tomorrow night, for an entire week, there’s a special way
that we connect to God by taking four different types
of plants — this will be one of them —
and by uniting them together. And the idea is that every plant represents a different type
of person. And we only connect to God when we unite all types
of people together. If you want to do the mitzvah
next week — Thursday — then this community
is gonna buy you a set. How is that? -Wow.
-We got a deal? -Wow. We got a deal.
-We got a deal. So, let’s get him
a nice set. -You got it. -Thank you so much
for having me, putting your kids to bed
in front of me, and letting me partake
in story time. That is hospitality.
-Hey, hey, we can’t get enough —
enough Zach in our life. -People talk about
Southern hospitality. I’m gonna go ahead and say
it’s Jewish hospitality people should really be
talking about all the time.

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. kinou506 Posted on October 23, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    "Blame is on the Gentile, it's fine" Hilarious !

    Thanks so much Zach and SoulPancake for presenting this documentary. I've been a fan of yours for a few weeks now, and, being Jewish myself, watching this video about joy in Judaism means a lot. There's good to be found everywhere.

    Reply
  2. SoulPancake Posted on October 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words and support- that's exactly what we are trying to bring to the YouTube game! We're so glad you watched, stay awesome 🙂

    Reply
  3. SoulPancake Posted on October 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Kyle, stay tuned! Zach will be profiling lots of different religions. We are definitely excited to watch what he is able to learn!

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  4. SoulPancake Posted on October 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    We agree, Jacquelyn!!!

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  5. nik firstmen Posted on October 23, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Zach you are my favorite youtuber/soulpancaker!!! i cannot express how much i LOVE your videos. i share them with everyone i know. thank you for your love, kindness and humor on the subject of religion. i look forward to learning more along with you.

    Reply
  6. axezar Posted on October 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    This is so inspirational 🙂 i love life! But i cant inspire others whitout inspiration 🙂

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  7. lifesabeach3100 Posted on October 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    Zach is such a beautiful human being! I really enjoy this series!

    Reply
  8. Takanator Posted on October 23, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Hey Zach! It is important to humanise the people in all sorts of religions. What you are doing is great! It's also important to help people understand that within each religion there's a lot of variation as well, with some parts being more traditional and some parts being more progressive and many a mix. Mendy starts that conversation in this video, but it would be good for you to take it up in whole episodes. Thanks!

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  9. Annette Kern Posted on October 24, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    fabulous . thank you

    Reply
  10. Rowan Gavin Posted on October 25, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    2:28
    "Both! I didn't know you could be both, I'm learning things!"
    "I'm a player."

    Frickin' smooth dude. Cracked me up XD

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  11. Teri Scallon Posted on October 25, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    that was really beautiful

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  12. Zach Anner Posted on October 25, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    Thanks I really appreciate that!

    Reply
  13. Zach Anner Posted on October 25, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks! I actually responded to your comment in the latest SoulPancake video 🙂

    Reply
  14. Zach Anner Posted on October 26, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Mendy and actually address your question in the latest SoulPancake vid! Thanks for your question!

    Reply
  15. iNXTGeek Posted on October 26, 2013 at 1:40 am

    A Jew would never say that instead of saying the Torah.

    Reply
  16. Chung-thuy Pham Posted on October 26, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Wonderful video, thank you =)

    Reply
  17. Jackie Salzinger Posted on October 26, 2013 at 7:19 am

    "i'm a player" LOVE IT

    Reply
  18. LucidDreams Posted on October 26, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    quickly go through all of them!

    Reply
  19. Eunice Awuah Posted on October 27, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Zach! I am such a huge fan. watched you on Oprahs reality show and your travel show on OWN. loved this video! keep up the great work 3

    Reply
  20. scrumsie Posted on October 27, 2013 at 10:17 am

    So tired he cant see straight.

    Reply
  21. Martin Blacher Posted on October 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Respect man

    Reply
  22. LaFaith Networks Posted on October 27, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Wonderful Thanks for sharing:)

    Reply
  23. T Haik Posted on October 28, 2013 at 3:31 am

    No, the old testament IS the torah.

    Reply
  24. Mad. E Posted on October 28, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I appreciate the openness of this series, especially since religion seems to have a bad rep in this day and age. I think the unbiased approach that they have taken is extremely effective. I, myself, find it difficult to ask these types of questions to people of a different faith than mine, in fear that our differences will cause a stir or that they will take offense to my questions when I'm genuinely curious about their religion. Thanks SoulPancake 🙂 <3

    Reply
  25. Eden Rubin Posted on October 29, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Mendy I'm so glad u are able to educate people and teach them about being Jewish ! Super proud keep it up!

    Reply
  26. Natalie Hatcher Posted on October 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    I'm so excited about this series! Thanks SoulPancake, and thank you Zach! What a beautifully open and honest approach to learning and discovering more about the many people we share the world with. Truly awesome!

    Reply
  27. Justin Gagliani Posted on October 30, 2013 at 4:02 am

    this is simply awesome… the whole idea behind these zach videos is brilliant.. ive lived as an RA with a lot of Jews and learned so much about Judaism, such a fascinating and admirable religion

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  28. Farrah Magdy. Posted on October 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    God I love you Zach! <3

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  29. Bill Jenkins Posted on November 2, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Zach puts the biggest smile on my face. Love ya, man!

    Reply
  30. ZM Posted on November 2, 2013 at 3:53 am

    I love this entire series so much! As a Muslim, and just overall 'religious' person, I absolutely love watching each episode! All the Jewish people I've ever known have always been pretty secular, so seeing an orthodox Jewish man with such an adorable family, and just hearing about how he practices and interprets religion is so coole- I just loved it all!

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  31. Deborah Smith Posted on November 2, 2013 at 4:57 am

    I think they both have wonderful personalities! Great Job!

    Reply
  32. Amar Posted on November 2, 2013 at 5:02 am

    This episode of Have a Little Faith has 200,000+ more views than any of the other episodes. But it has relatively less comments and likes than the others. Something smells fishy

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  33. Mendy Pellin Posted on November 4, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Thanks 🙂 Feelin the love!

    Reply
  34. Paul Pearce Posted on November 6, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Let me just squash this now and say that… no this is not the only thing I paid attention to in this video (I for sure respect you AND your religion). Okay, I have the same lawn chairs as you do ha! And, I also have a WONDERFUL daughter. I really enjoy this video and will be watching more from you. I was kinda referred from Zach's channel..

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  35. Tamara Leilani Posted on November 8, 2013 at 4:06 am

    I just loved everything about this. Love, respect, community, traditions, educating, opening minds, honoring, joy, blessed. Thank you for blessing me with such a display of kindness and joy to all!

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  36. hbic3 Posted on November 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I am admittedly not a generally "nice" person, so I'm not saying it just to be nice.  Zach is really a handsome dude! 

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  37. tiannaalexis42 Posted on November 9, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Such an amazing video!! Zach your are one amazing person!!

    Reply
  38. Porun Markiš Posted on November 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    ho wud dislike a disabled person realy

    Reply
  39. Grneyed Kitten Posted on November 10, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Can you do one on Unitarians? We're awesome and no one knows it!

    Reply
  40. Audleigh Devi Posted on November 10, 2013 at 2:02 am

    I'm not religious and by most people's standards I'd be considered an Athiest. However, I find the different things people believe, from religion to folklore, fascinating. I'm loving this series, despite coming to it a tad late. I really enjoy Zach's approach, hosting style, and, above all, disarming personality. Can't wait to learn more through this series.

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  41. lpacheco24 Posted on November 10, 2013 at 4:07 am

    Zach, you are so gracious 🙂 

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  42. briansmobile1 Posted on November 10, 2013 at 6:45 am

    What a great experience and representation.  Great series.

    Reply
  43. snapplecapfact Posted on November 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    1) that wasn't a lemon 2) no one knows why we pay so much for them 

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  44. snapplecapfact Posted on November 10, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    mitzva=command  

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  45. Aisha F Posted on November 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    His daughter is so pretty! Masha'Allah

    Reply
  46. APuddleOfFat Posted on November 10, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I always feel bad for mentally or physically disabled people, because of their inability to do things, but Soul Pancake makes me realize that they are still people with potential in their future. Thank you.

    Reply
  47. Owen Jones Posted on November 11, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Religion is silly. 

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  48. DuncBeats Posted on November 23, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    A progressive religion is no religion at all. My parents use to tell me that religion teaches good morals and ways to live your life. Why can't you have good morals without religion?

    Reply
  49. Michael Jarvis Posted on December 2, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    $100 for a lemon? Just goes to show how religion is messed up and corrupt

    Reply
  50. Tammy Tucker Posted on December 23, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Once again an awesome interview!

    Reply
  51. JAMAEL89 Posted on January 26, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Thank you for the view. God is within you.

    Reply
  52. michaela blom Posted on March 14, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Zach is so happy with the children.

    Reply
  53. Iron Mike Posted on March 23, 2014 at 3:36 am

    More Zack !

    More Zack !

    More Zack !

    Reply
  54. Mritsonlyaname Posted on March 24, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    JEWS ARE DA DEVIL!

    Reply
  55. Liz Torres Posted on April 12, 2014 at 3:01 am

    amazing he does this with such neutrality and fun attitude

    Reply
  56. Stagger Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:44 am

    613 commandment I've only heard about 10…
    Quickly go though all off em!
    Freaking hilarious so quick on the draw there, genius Zach you just made my day there <3

    Reply
  57. stitchandscissor Posted on April 17, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Zach I freakin' love you. You are hilarious.

    Reply
  58. Jessica Hawkins Posted on May 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    wow this is so amazing! i learned so much about jewish customs i didn't know 🙂 haha now I'm rlly interested

    Reply
  59. Frazier Clarke Posted on June 4, 2014 at 3:29 am

    Does anyone know the name of this guy's condition?

    Reply
  60. carly payne Posted on July 25, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Im jewish 😀 שלאמ

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  61. Iain B Posted on August 20, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Zach has cerebral palsy. My sister has it too, it can manifest itself quite differently from person to person.

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  62. Iain B Posted on August 20, 2014 at 5:36 am

    This was a nice episode, and it was nice to meet Mendy's beautiful family. But personally, I don't think that I learned much about Chassidism in this episode.

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  63. Areeb Azhar Posted on August 26, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Like for Palestinians health

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  64. Sarah Sophie Posted on August 27, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Zach is so talented and has a hilarious sense of humour. Great video.

    Reply
  65. sara Posted on September 14, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    hashem bless all Jews

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  66. Ohpiddle Herewegoagain Posted on October 27, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    It is impossible to be both Hasidic  and Orthodox….that is like saying he can be Satan and God at the same time

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  67. Ohpiddle Herewegoagain Posted on October 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Hasidic Jews believe in what ever you want to believe. They are more interested in the traditions than they are interested in knowing God.

    Reply
  68. shira Rubel Posted on January 13, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I'm a orthodox Jew and proud of it!😀
    Thumbs up to the video!🐱

    Reply
  69. Batya Maron Posted on April 7, 2015 at 4:51 am

    Zachs face after he has that whiskey at Shule… Priceless!!!

    Reply
  70. wintanclan Posted on March 29, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    This is so beautiful. Great concept with wonderful human beings. Radiant Zach at his best, sincere and at ease. Btw. I'm here from your audiobook – I would so love to see more of this!

    Reply
  71. Legeta H Posted on April 5, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Awe Love you Zach! Thank you for being you!

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  72. Wisdom Studios Posted on August 16, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    You should talk about different sects, because the Chabad are very different than the Reform, which are both different from Haredi Jews.

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  73. fridge_party Posted on August 28, 2016 at 2:07 am

    How can you be anti-semitic
    how

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  74. Alberto Dichi Posted on January 1, 2017 at 2:53 am

    I am juish to

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  75. Omar Abdul-Malik DHEd, MPAS, PA-C Posted on January 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    What a beautiful family, Mash'Allah!

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  76. stanky leg Posted on February 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    hes a good youtuber although hes a bis disabled

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  77. Viddhi Posted on March 4, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    That guy has such a great sense of humor. I honestly look up to him.

    Reply
  78. Eugene Sokol Posted on March 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    I absolutely love this video! From 1 "CPer" to another, good job Zach.

    Reply
  79. Elle Lux Posted on March 14, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Baruch HaShem!

    Reply
  80. D Posted on March 22, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Chabadnikim are some of the most generous people out there. I've been welcomed into the homes of many an orthodox Jew, and always felt welcome. My practice was always more lax as a reform Jew, but I always enjoyed engaging in more mitzvot than I normally did.

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  81. MrTeG3SH Posted on April 5, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    Did he say nice to meet you J-ew??? . nooo??
    Missed opportunity Zach

    Reply
  82. Dawood Posted on May 24, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    I am Muslim and i just want to say Masha'allah, and this is a beautiful series and the jewish brother has a beautiful family.

    Reply
  83. Nae Nae Posted on June 24, 2017 at 1:04 am

    Holy kishkas, that's a nice house! :O

    Reply
  84. Keri C Posted on June 28, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I'm a playa lol

    Reply
  85. PeachyPanda Posted on July 21, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Is there a video of Zach going to that event that is "a week from tomorrow"? Sorry, not sure of what it's called.

    Reply
  86. manoj purohit Posted on August 25, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    zach u are such a great person!! 🙂

    Reply
  87. JRWJr Posted on December 2, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    I love the Jewbellish skits -especially 'Jewish Pride', and Mendy and friends seems a great advert for kosher Judaism Hasid style.. (I'm not Jewish btw)
    And Zach is fantastic, a great sense of humour. G-d bless you Zach.

    Reply
  88. Fables 456 Posted on January 22, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Zack you make me laugh so hard! Please never stop making videos!

    Reply
  89. The Travel Guide Posted on January 29, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    just marry me already. lol.

    Reply
  90. Nafis Rahman Posted on February 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

    #DismantleAIPAC

    Reply
  91. Christo Chaney Posted on February 13, 2019 at 12:44 am

    Great episode. Put it and the others of this series in my saved folder!

    Reply
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