Yom Abba: a Father’s Day Dedication

As we celebrate the national holiday of Father’s Day, let me introduce blog readers to my dad. Robert “Rob” Roy Lane is just about the greatest father anyone could ever have. I could go on, but the rest are just details. Oh, alright. Fine, I’ll continue.  Since I can remember, my dad has been the perfect combination of love and discipline in a parent. I […]

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Spiritual Units of Measure

I don’t usually knock aspects of other faiths strictly because I have respect for them. Not to say other faiths are foolish, but I believe that a fool has the right to believe whatever they feel is truth in their own heart. After all, who am I to say what I believe doesn’t sound completely foolish to someone who does not believe what I believe? […]

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The Right Rite of Passage

According to Rabbinic Jewish tradition, there is ceremony held for a boy on his thirteenth birthday commemorating when this boy becomes a “bar mitzvah” or “son of the commandments.” A similar ceremony is held for girls at the age of twelve; after which they are refered to as a “bat mitzvah” or “daughter of the commandments.” Though a bar or bat mitzvah is the term for the individual […]

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God Has it Figured Out

As I was headed home from work today and taking my usual exit off of the highway, one of Tulsa’s finest pulled out and changed lanes to end up just behind my car. Any other time there wouldn’t have been any problem, but today…I had expired plates. I knew it was difficult to see the date on the plates without being right behind the car, […]

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When Your Tzitzit Come Untied: More Than a Blog About Fringes

There is a Jewish tradition of making a brakha (blessing) over the ritual fringes that are commanded in the Torah:  דבר אל־בני ישראל ואמרת אלהם ועשו להם ציצת על־כנפי בגדיהם לדרתם ונתנו על־ציצת הכנף פתיל תכלת “Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on […]

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