Og Goes Rogue

Once upon a time Og the Giant helped out Noah, the one with the ark. Then he went for a little run, took a giant leap through a wormhole, crashlanded in New York City, and befriended a new, Noa: Dr. Noa Ackerman. It's a long story. 

Join Og, Dr. Noa, and Rita Toomey for bagels, intercontinental animal rescue, and a neighborhood mitzvah

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Dr. Noa and Og are off to do a mitzvah (or a few) by being kind to animals

Looking for an easy way to show some love to an animal in your life? Try one of these easy, recycled, animal toys and crafts
Bonus: You will also be practicing the mitzvah of bal taschit, not wasting needlessly, by doing these upcycled activities:

Build a Bird Feeder From a Milk Cartoon
Create a No-Sew Dog Chew Toy
Make an Easy Cat Toy

For more mitzvot (the plural of mitzvah), check out PJ Library's "Mitzvah a Day" chart. There's also a special, stay-at-home version too. 


If you liked this story, you’ll love one of these books:

The story of Noah and the Flood comprises one of the first major accounts of the Bible. And many cultures have similar flood stories where a hero must build a boat and escape the destruction of the world by water. 

Many children's books focus more on the adventure aspect of the story, rather than the destruction part -- which can feel pretty heavy for little kids to process. If your family enjoyed Have I Got a Story For You's modern Dr. Noa animal rescue story, you'll also like one of these reimagined ark books too:


Browse other Jewish children’s books about kindness to animals


Episode Notes

Og, the ancient king of Bashan, is mentioned briefly in the Torah. He commands an army that Moses and the Jewish people must vanquish to enter the land of Israel. In some translations, Og is also known as the oldest giant in the Torah -- and there's even a folk tale about him helping carry the ark for Noah. 

While the original Og was not the nicest guy, the character you meet in this episode is a reimagined Og -- a kinder, gentler, fellow, who just wants a little bit of credit and maybe a truck full of bagels. 

Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian
Story editor: Alan Silberberg
This episode was written by Joshua Chefitz


Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Dr. Noa: Gwen D'Angelo
Og: Walter Sickert
Shari (Kid caller): Audrey Wentworth
Larry (grown up caller); Dad Tourist; Boat Captain: Rich Wentworth
Special thanks to our "Kids on Liberty Island Ensemble:" Audrey, Henry, Wednesday, and Bowie.