In this sixth episode of the Okie Hebrew Podcast, I interviewed Shawn Lichaa – author of A Blue Thread, which is one of the leading blogs on the Karaite Jewish experience. Shawn also does some work with the Karaite Jews of America, including the all new KJA Omer app that allows people to count the Omer according to the Karaite Jewish tradition.
This video contains some of the basic questions commonly asked about Traditional Karaite Jewish shechita, or kosher slaughter. Answering is shochet Avraham ben Adam, aka Travis Wheeler of Six Star Foods, Inc. ( http://sixstarinc.net/ ) and is, to this date, the only shochet certified to perform Karaite Jewish shechita in the United States. He is certified by Universal Karaite Judaism out of Ramle, Israel. This […]
Transcript: Shalom and welcome to the Okie Hebrew podcast. I’m Ken Lane, aka: Yefet ben Ezra and this is the second installment of our series on misconceptions people have about traditional Karaite Judaism. If you missed the last installment, it can found at www.okiehebrew.com. If you hear some extra sounds in the podcast, that’s because I’m recording this from my hammock with my cat Ramone. If it […]
In this first episode of the Okie Hebrew Podcast, we discussion a few common misconceptions about Karaite Judaism. Here’s the transcript: Shalom everyone and welcome to the Okie Hebrew Podcast. I’m Ken Lane, aka Yefet ben Ezra of OkieHebrew.com and in this episode, we’ll be discussing a subject that I believe gets bent around pretty frequently, especially online – Karaite Judaism – more specifically, what […]
Disclaimer: I do not claim to represent the whole of traditional Karaite Judaism or act as its spokesperson. I have too much respect for it to make such a claim or hold such a title. Karaite: Not Only a Term Stolen, But Also a Culture Ask people what they think of when they hear the term “Karaite” and the answers run from a misspelling of […]
This is part blog post, part event invitation. The Idea For the longest time, I have dreamt of a Karaite Jewish community forming in my hometown of Tulsa, OK. Most of the time, I live as a Karaite Jew alone in this buckle of the Bible belt without any synagogue to speak of besides my own living room or occasionally going into nature to pray […]
Israeli Karaite Jewish personality, Eli Shmuel, outlines Principles 6-10 of the Jewish faith of Yehudah Hadassi – a set of principles that pre-date the 13 Articles of Maimonides.
A fellow Karaite blog, A Blue Thread, run by Karaite brother Shawn Lichaa, featured a story about an Israeli Karaite Jew who refused to perform on the Israeli equivalent of American Idol because one of the rounds of the competition fell on the Karaite date for the Holy Feast of Shavuot. Feel free to read more about Rotem Cohen, the Karaite who refused to perform […]
As an information junkie, I’m always on the look-out for interesting blogs with fresh new perspectives and a great voice to express them. Being a Karaite, finding Jewish blogs about Karaite Judaism isn’t always easy as our numbers aren’t exactly what they used to be in the 9th-11th centuries. Still, I feel I have struck gold with my good friend and fellow Karaite blogger Shawn […]
Coming out of Christianity into a Torah-observant lifestyle, one of the most surprising aspects of the shift has been discovering that many more things are “kosher” than I thought. I found this particularly amusing because Christians typically refer to the Jews as being “in bondage” to the Torah while they’ll turn around and make rules against alcohol consumption, smoking, dancing, saying certain words, and even […]