How My Beard Makes Me Look Stupid & Why That’s The Point – Beards In The Bible

How My Beard Makes Me Look Stupid & Why That’s The Point – Beards In The Bible

(This post is a revised version of another piece I wrote a year ago almost to the day.)  ךנקז תאפ תא תיחשת אלו םכשאר תאפופקת אל “You shall not shave around the sides of your heads, neither shall you disfigure the corners of your beard.” – Leviticus 19:27 This passage is one of the most misunderstood verses of the entire Hebrew Bible, but this is not […]

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Okie Hebrew – The New Home of Hebrew In An Okie Accent

Okie Hebrew – The New Home of Hebrew In An Okie Accent

Hebrew In An Okie Accent has now been changed to Okie Hebrew and is now found at www.okiehebrew.com for easier access. Check back for more articles concerning Torah, Oklahoma culture, Jewish culture, politics, and changes in society in general. Thanks again for visiting the site.Shalom.– Ken 

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I Still Miss Pork Rinds

There are many rabbis I’ve heard talk about how we should make our will conform to the Torah. I’ve heard Christian pastors say similar things about believers. While I see some value in keeping organizations together, I find that this kind of thinking makes it where the Torah isn’t that much different from the world. It doesn’t feel as fresh. If the Torah’s laws are […]

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You Are Your Own Spiritual Government

Every so often, I get questioned from the average person along these lines:  “You’re a religious person. Why aren’t you more up in arms about the gay marriage debate?”  “You’re a religious person. The Democratic National Convention refused to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Why are you not more upset about this?”  “You’re a religious person. A public school teacher got in trouble […]

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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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Smash Lies: Easy-To-Condemn VS Must-Condemn

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 […]

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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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How We’re Wired: Day of Rest

In this very fast-paced world, many are looking to ancient ways of dealing with modern problems. Today, stress is a huge contributor to illness and the reasons why seem to elude us. Hundreds of years ago, people who worked with their hands and minds still lived considerably long lives; even with the lack of breakthroughs in medical innovation that we enjoy today. Many are discovering that the reason why […]

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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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