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VIDEO: Parshat Vayeitzei: Looking Beyond — 5776

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VIDEO: Why Is It So Hard To Convert To Judaism?

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Video: The Most Underestimated Commandment

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Parashat Toldot: Nerd Power

I’ll be releasing new D’var Torah videos on the regular!

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Okie Hebrew Was Hacked…But I’m Fixing it!

Okie Hebrew Was Hacked…But I’m Fixing it!

Sorry that not much has been happening on the site recently. The site was hacked into a few weeks back and the malware messed with some of the code the website. That’s the reason why some of the text looks funky or some of the elements of the page are either missing or are in weird places. I’m chipping away at fixing it, but that’s […]

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Shabbostic: Maintaining Holy Ambience For The Sabbath

Shabbostic: Maintaining Holy Ambience For The Sabbath

“It’s just not Shabbostic.” Every Friday in my office, we’re allowed to wear our company t-shirts. Because of this, I was finding myself still wearing the shirt when Shabbat would roll in that if Shakhar and I were inviting the Sabbath at home. Suddenly, this extremely comfortable t-shirt started to feel weird to me. No, the t-shirt hadn’t suddenly changed in any physical way, but […]

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“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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My Lutheran Upbringing & Why I Don’t Drive On Shabbat

My Lutheran Upbringing & Why I Don’t Drive On Shabbat

If you go through most Jewish communities on a Saturday, you’ll probably notice Jewish families walking to and from synagogue and each other’s homes – usually dressed to the nines and never carrying anything. The reason for this is because it is Shabbat: the Jewish Sabbath. During Shabbat, there are things Jews should and should not do. Work and commerce are the big no-nos, but […]

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Why I Don’t Mind Paying A $300/month Vet Bill

Why I Don’t Mind Paying A $300/month Vet Bill

This whole Cecil the Lioncase has brought up some interesting thoughts on how we treat animals. Going back a little over 6 months ago, my cat Ramone (most of you know about him – a feline friend that adopted me a few years ago) wasn’t eating. A parasite from a neighbor’s dog had killed his appetite. Because of this, he started losing weight fast and […]

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Modesty Behind Closed Doors: What To Keep From Your Spouse

Modesty Behind Closed Doors: What To Keep From Your Spouse

There are two concepts that have become the religious world’s pillars for a healthy marriage. 1. Be modest in how you approach the outside world. 2. Don’t ever keep anything from your spouse. Well, I think both of these ideas are stupid. Ok, I take that back — they’re greatly misunderstood. Let me explain why both of these are shams — at least, in our […]

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