Preparedness – Popping the American Bubble of Denial

Preparedness – Popping the American Bubble of Denial

This blog is in no way bad-mouthing Americans. I am an American myself. It is simply pointing out an observation.  When I’m in a restaurant or some other place, my wife will frequently tell me to stop staring at people. When I’m waiting somewhere for one thing or another, I like to spend my time people-watching. I really enjoy studying how people live and reasons […]

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Small Town Synagogue: Oklahoma’s Jewish Beginnings

I’ll admit that part of the shtick of my blog is that I talk about Hebrew concepts and living by the Torah in a predominantly non-Jewish place, but there once was a time when Oklahoma had several thriving Jewish communities. Any T-Town resident can see the evidence of Tulsa’s once-burgeoning Jewish beginnings in the names of buildings and foundations all over the city; from OU-Tulsa’s […]

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The Statement of Faith Vs. The Quest for Truth

Disclaimer: This post is not meant to belittle any specific faith or denomination of religion, but instead act as instrument of mind stretching and heart testing. A week or two ago, I was talking with my mother-in-law about religious individuals. She was sharing a story with me about a conversation she had been engaged in with a religious young man who had started the conversation in […]

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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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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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Just a Simple Hebrew Okie

As I try and help shed some light on the spiritual wisdom found in the Torah to the masses, I have a confession to make to all of you: I’m kind of an idiot. While I’ve studied Torah and have read multiple volumes of different holy books, much of my perspective comes from being a perpetual student who is constantly learning; but the more I […]

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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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Gay Marriage: Chill Out, People

Ok, this is my chance to be political and religious without being political or religious. I hope you enjoy. Right now, the Christian right is claiming that the institution of marriage is under attack through many state’s attempts to legalize same-sex marriage. They are claiming that homosexuals should not be able to be married because it is a perversion and goes against the will of […]

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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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God is One. I Am Not.

It is common for people, especially Americans, to sell short the Oneness of our Creator. At face value, the concept doesn’t seem all that exciting. There is only one God; big whoop, right? It is with this grade-school mindset of God’s Oneness that I would like to tackle and dismantle this description of God that has most likely made you bored of this post already.  […]

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