“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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Podcast: Episode 5 – Beards, Payot and Tattoos in Torah

Podcast: Episode 5 – Beards, Payot and Tattoos in Torah

Transcript: Shalom and welcome to another episode of The Okie Hebrew Podcast – this is episode 5. This will be the first of a series of episodes I like to call “mitzvah misconceptions” where we’ll be tacking certain aspects of Torah and Jewish life that have been misunderstood. Most of these misconceptions are an attempt to explain some aspects of observant Jewish life (or a […]

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Leviticus 19 Misconceptions: Tattoo Teshuva & Patchy Piety

Leviticus 19 Misconceptions: Tattoo Teshuva & Patchy Piety

Have you ever seen an observant Jewish person with tattoos on their arms? How about a observant Jewish man with no beard? Though these types of things may seem odd to you, they’re no cause for alarm. They’re actually fine according to both Torah as well as various oral traditions. Misconception: Having a tattoo is against Torah.  I’ve heard far too many horror stories about […]

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