The Monday after the 2015 Shavuot Gathering in Daly City, CA, some of the North American Karaites were hanging out in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA. After eating some lunch, Matthew Rolland and Azriel Kowtek decided to show the rest of us the traditional Karaite Jewish method of tying tzitzit. I just happened to have a camera and a phone on me to […]
The Torah can be an extremely peculiar text. In some sections, it goes into painstaking detail about the observance of how to keep the mitzvot – the holy instructions for living. In other sections, it is quite vague and provides an avenue for self-expression on the part of the Torah keeper. One of my favorite examples of this pocket of expression in regards to […]
Getting ready for the next NBA basketball season, fellow Okie Hebrew Paul Monroe Cunningham sent me a pic of his dual team (OKC Thunder + B’nai Yisrael) spirit tziziyot in the team colors of the Oklahoma City Thunder. I wonder if any Oklahoma City Jews will rock these. Shalom and THUNDER UP.
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 […]
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 […]