“What’s With The Sidelocks?” – Hairdos and Tzedekah in Jewish Thought

“What’s With The Sidelocks?” – Hairdos and Tzedekah in Jewish Thought

Some of the content of this was inspired by Rabbi Marc Fitzerman, head rabbi of B’nai Emunah in Tulsa, OK. I frequently get asked by people outside of Judaism, “Hey Ken, what’s with the sidelocks?” I actually also get asked this by people within my own Jewish circles from time to time because wearing longer “payot” are not necessarily a minhag (custom) of many of […]

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How My Beard Makes Me Look Stupid & Why That’s The Point – Beards In The Bible

How My Beard Makes Me Look Stupid & Why That’s The Point – Beards In The Bible

(This post is a revised version of another piece I wrote a year ago almost to the day.)  ךנקז תאפ תא תיחשת אלו םכשאר תאפופקת אל “You shall not shave around the sides of your heads, neither shall you disfigure the corners of your beard.” – Leviticus 19:27 This passage is one of the most misunderstood verses of the entire Hebrew Bible, but this is not […]

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You Are Your Own Spiritual Government

Every so often, I get questioned from the average person along these lines:  “You’re a religious person. Why aren’t you more up in arms about the gay marriage debate?”  “You’re a religious person. The Democratic National Convention refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why are you not more upset about this?”  “You’re a religious person. A public school teacher got in trouble […]

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A Kosher Tattoo?

There was a post on Facebook today being spread around by some friends that sparked a little bit of conservation between a fellow Karaite brother and myself. First off, here is the picture:  While I agree that getting a tattoo about the abominable nature of homosexual bedroom behavior is hilarious because tattoos themselves are forbidden by the same book of the Bible, the discussion that my […]

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I Don’t Eat Kosher. I Eat Food.

While I was in college, I held many part-time jobs that allowed me to come in contact with many people I normally would not have come in contact with. While I was working at a printer cartridge re-manufacturing store, around the same time I was really shifting away from Christian thought and more into a Hebraic perspective of the Scriptures, I was fortunate enough to have a […]

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“Saying You’re Sorry” ≠ Repentance

It is my theory that the reason why Christians see observant Jews as being so diametrically opposed to them because of their commitment to the Torah is, for the most part, dependent on the translation of one word linked to a theological concept.  This word/concept is: תשובה  – pronounced like “teshuvah.”  In English Bibles, this term is typically translated as “repentance.” While the word in its entirety shows up […]

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