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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Beautifying Mitzvahs – Celebrating the Commandments of Torah

Beautifying Mitzvahs – Celebrating the Commandments of Torah

Celebrate What You Love  Most anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to the Scriptures, though I love them (and by “love” I really mean “commitment” and not “love” like I love falafel and anything vivace orange), I tend to be pretty straight-forward with them. I usually don’t like to read things into the text or shoe-horn in theology that I don’t think […]

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The Kosher Mohawk

As many of you know, I am a big James Harden fan. If you don’t know who James Harden is, he is probably the only guy you’re going to see playing basketball with giant beard unless you’re watching the Haifa Heat. Known even more for his skills as a shooting guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder than for this facial hair, Harden is also known […]

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