I’m happy to introduce a great couple and beloved friends of mine [Keren] and of His-Israel,  pastors Mike and Karen Davis, who live and minister as life-coaches in Redwood, California.

Mike shares a deep lesson with us this month on ways to 1) recognize (be aware of), 2) acknowledge, and 3) take responsibility for, and overcome emotions, (including the dire character trait of ANGER.) 4) Breathe! and 5) analyze and redefine your story! 

The root of God’s anger is constructive… it’s redemptive, and stems from His love and concern for the values that are important to Him – Love, life, and blessing for each one created in His image.

KEY advice: Be aware of the STORY that makes you angry…and being a Victim, and be the Victor…change it, realistically, for the better! TELL A DIFFERENT STORY!

Love this!  Thank you Mike!


ENJOY Robbie’s informative material…and the beauty of Shabbat and challah baking!  

BONUS Here is Robbie’s delicious, tried-and-true challah recipe for your convenience.


DASSIE’S CHALLAH Challah_Bread_Six_Braid_1

Dassie is one of my nieces. I’ve been using her challah recipe for at least 18-years! So it’s proven and true. When my husband and I spent a few years living in a little hut in Lesotho, Africa, I was even able to bake this recipe there. Now it’s a special joy to be baking challah for Shabbat in Jerusalem, where it receives an added fragrance and flavour!


7 cups flour
2 Tablespoons instant yeast
6 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup oil
2 cups warm water
1 beaten egg (for wash on top of challah)
sesame seeds

1. Into a large plastic or glass bowl place 4 cups of flour.
Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix well.
2. Add the liquid ingredients and mix well.
3. Add the remaining three cups of flour one cup at a time mixing well each time.
4. When all the flour has been added, turn out onto your workspace and knead until the flour is well integrated.  It will be sticky, just put flour on your hands if necessary, but don’t add more flour to the mixture.
5. Lightly oil the bowl and return the dough to the bowl, cover with a tea towel and leave in a warm place until doubled (usually one hour).
6. Punch down and divide for braiding (this makes two large challot or three medium sized loaves).
7. Braid the loaves and then place into prepared loaf pans (greased and floured) or if two large loaves, onto a greased and floured cookie sheet.
8. Allow to rise again for about 30 minutes.
9. Brush tops with 1 beaten egg; sprinkle with sesame seeds.
10. Bake for 30 minutes at 350/180 degrees.

Enjoy and “Shabbat Shalom!”

*photo credit wikipedia creative commons, copyright Aviv Hod


Videographer: COLTON GILBERT

Fragrance filled the air as travellers and pilgrims made the ascent to the Holy city of Jerusalem.
They were filled with excited anticipation.
They were drawing closer to the Temple; the Dwelling Place of the King of the universe.
In the Holy Place, the High Priest constantly fuelled and lit both the golden Menorah, that represented the Light of His Word, and the Altar of Incense, the fragrance of which indicated His Presence.

Gold, myrrh and frankincense, biblically, are associated with kingship.
Do our lives emit the mysterious and beautiful fragrance of the soon-coming King of kings?

As we learn in the Cheshvan, Being Holy Being Whole  notes, we do, importantly, speak fragrance through our words.

~Keren Hannah


Artwork: Cindy Elliott






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 Hands are the part of the body we are focussing on during the month of Tishrei. Our hands enable us to touch and feel.

The importance of touch in the field of relationships cannot be overemphasized. It is one of the stronger physical expressions of love and relationship. Babies who are not held and touched by their mother and father and/or other caring human beings, after birth and beyond, suffer deep emotional scars. The caring touch of a hand can bring comfort, encouragement, and joy to another. The same applies to hugs. People need to be hugged, often!

We have the sensation of touch through our skin, and therefore have feeling throughout our bodies. Through our sense of touch we also experience pain. It is an awful and negative thing when one person deliberately inflicts pain on another. A sensitivity to pain, however, is necessary for survival because it warns us of injury, such as a cut or burn, and, hopefully, helps prevent further injury.

This sense of physical touch has parallels on a mental, emotional, and spiritual level. The protective “skin” that covers us in these areas is the Word of God, The more sensitive we are to His Word and, as a result, walk in His ways, the more healing we can receive and the healthier, and stronger, and less susceptible to pain and injury we become.

This month HIS-ISRAEL friend KAREN FREEMAN WORSTELL shares about the importance of touch. Reach out!

Narration: Karen Freeman Worstell
Videography: Tikvah Lightner

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This month of ELUL, with its focus on Action and Restoration, may we be SET FREE TO DANCE!

Children instinctively love to dance; unselfconsciously – freely, openly. Our bodies are created to move and flow, to respond to rhythm. By the time most of us reach adulthood, unless we are professional dancers, we usually have stopped dancing altogether. We likely aren’t even aware of the loss. We may, however, be reminded of it when our feet start tapping to lively tune. Or, maybe, something stirs deep within our souls when we hear a particularly beautiful piece of music. A stirring that invites our bodies to move, to celebrate the life we enjoy, to worship our Creator – to dance with joyous abandons as King David did when he restored the precious Ark of God’s Presence to its rightful place in Jerusalem.


Most cultures have a history of dance as a means of expression and celebration of life. To this day, echoing back to the joyous dance of redemption on the shore of the Reed Sea, Israel values and encourages participation in the nation’s folk dancing. If not doing so already, we need to rediscover the healing, happy enjoyment of listening and actively responding to music – even the singing of our own song. We need to set ourselves free to dance!

Dancer and choreographer, Anna Halprin, often invites people with no dance experience to participate in her dances, which have no audience but are intended to transform the dancers themselves. In this regard, she says: 

“I used to be discouraged that people in the dance world would just slough this work off as therapy and say that I wasn’t doing Art. But I could see how important this work was and how limiting it is to say that there is only one way to dance!”


If it is not possible, whatever the reason, for you to participate in a public setting – such as dance classes or groups, do it at home. If you have a willing partner all the better. If not, simply choose some music you love, feel it in your soul, and allow your body to respond and move. Don’t be concerned about what you look like. Don’t limit yourself. Your body will remember the joy it has in moving and flowing to rhythm and melody. And, while you do, give grateful praise to the One who has blessed us with these wonderful gifts!

~ Keren Hannah

  • * Photo credit: Aleksandra Brzeska
  • ** Shutter-stock

We feature two videos this month with Jerusalem based couple MICHA’EL BEN DAVID and his wife ASHLEIGH (who is the daughter of our dear ‘Being Holy, Being Whole’ friend Kathryn Cox) on flute, in the second video. They present a beautiful rendition of the traditional Shabbat song ADON OLAM – Master of the Universe, accompanied by a lovely young ballet dancer. Enjoy and worship.

In the first video, Micha’el, with friends in his home island of Haiti, joyfully Sings to the Lord a New Song! 

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Every woman has innate feminine creativity that can be expressed as gifts to her family, her friends, and to the world. As many and varied, and uniquely created as we are, that is as unique and varied our gifts can be.

Home-making, decorating, cooking, sewing, and gardening, are all forms of creativity, as are painting, sculpting, writing, dance, and music. 

This first Hebrew month of Nissan, HIS-ISRAEL friend SUSAN MAXON shares how she finds creative expression with her words.

Ebb and Flow of Swamp Life: Winter to Spring

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