Traditional Karaite Jewish Shechita (Kosher Slaughter) Q&A

Traditional Karaite Jewish Shechita (Kosher Slaughter) Q&A

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 […]

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Misconceptions the Messianic Movement Has About Karaite Judaism

Misconceptions the Messianic Movement Has About Karaite Judaism

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 […]

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Misconceptions About Karaite Judaism – Okie Hebrew Podcast

Misconceptions About Karaite Judaism – Okie Hebrew Podcast

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 […]

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Hijacking Karaite Judaism

Hijacking Karaite Judaism

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 […]

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Israeli Karaite Jew Refuses to Perform on Karaite Shavuot

Israeli Karaite Jew Refuses to Perform on Karaite Shavuot

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 […]

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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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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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Making Blessings While Blessing Make You

Call me old fashioned, but one thing that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside is when I actually see people in restaurants stop and “say grace” before they eat. It means that these people actually make it a point to stop and thank God for the food they are about to eat no matter who might be watching. I used to work with a […]

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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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