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 […]
Last weekend, I helped my brother put together a Tulsa-themed version of Pharrell Williams’ tune “Happy.” Not only do I make an appearance multiple times in the video, but so does my boss and most of his family. Enjoy me making a fool of myself!
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 […]
The night before last, my wife and I stopped off at a gas station a few blocks from our home on the way back from some evening errands. I went inside while my wife stayed in the car with the door locked. As I came back outside, I noticed there was a woman at my wife’s side of the car talking to her through the […]
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 […]
As I was headed home from work today and taking my usual exit off of the highway, one of Tulsa’s finest pulled out and changed lanes to end up just behind my car. Any other time there wouldn’t have been any problem, but today…I had expired plates. I knew it was difficult to see the date on the plates without being right behind the car, […]
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 […]
A day in the life of a marketing content writer can be very fun and entertaining, but there are other days when this is not as much the case. Though I greatly enjoy writing about companies with products or services of which I’m personally excited or that are even close to my heart, for every one of those, there are at least five to ten […]