Simplify and Soar  – 5 –  (Av)  Self Care

Finally, in the midst of winter,I discovered in myself an invincible summer. ~ Albert Camus Self care necessarily needs to be applied and undertaken in the four major area of life: the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.Let us recognize straight off that self-care is not a selfish pursuit but is vitally important if we are […]

Simplify and Soar – 4 – Surrender (Tammuz)

Summer teaches us love of life and pity for the falling flower. ~ Jill Hammer When I first considered the topic for this month of Tammuz, I must admit I felt rather hesitant and dubious.  Surrender seems to have a negative aspect to it.  Surrender. Quit! Give up!  But, as I have given it more […]

The Three Weeks – 17 Tammuz to Tisha B’Av

Bein HaMetzarim – In the Narrow Straits Adapted, with thanks, from article in HaMizrachi Parsha Weekly: Parshat Matot 2022 Worth a read. May the Final Geulah / Redemption come quickly. BEATINGS OR BLOSSOMS? Rabbanit Shani Taragin (Educational Director, World Mizrachi) During the twenty-one days “Bein HaMetzarim” (In the Narrow Straits) between the 17th Tammuz (17th […]

TAMMUZ – The Fourth Hebrew Month

 TAMMUZ   BLESSING OF THE NEW MONTH – BIRKAT HA’CHODESH May it be Your will, O Lord, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You inaugurate this month of Tammuz upon us for goodness and for blessing. May You give us long life, a life of peace – Shalom, a life of goodness […]

Israeli Spicy Surprise Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Thanks to Shmuel Veffer Gluten and sugar free! Ingredients 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed 3 large eggs ½ cup pure maple syrup 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 3 tablespoons Galilee Green Olive Oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips hot pepper flakes for […]

Anochi? The Torah is like the Sea?

Two interesting questions. I have always loved this picture and I have had it on my computer screen for a few years. But I only learned two fascinating truths it reflects this past week. Artwork by Israeli artist Baruch Nachshon (z”l) 1. The Hebrew word at the top is Anochi – אנכי The first word […]

Torah – the Bread of Life

TORAH – the BREAD OF LIFE The Torah, or the first revelation of the Word of God in a communal form, was given by God at Sinai. The account in Genesis tells us that a form of the Word was in existence at the very beginning of Creation.  This Word was with God so intimately that, in […]

Simplify and Soar – 3 – Intuition (Sivan)

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen! ~ Anonymous This is the third of the five steps at the heart of this cycle of BeIng Holy BeIng Whole. We are aiming to replace unnecessary effort with ease, clutter with clarity, irritating drama with inspiration. Hopefully, after Nissan, we now are more aware of […]

SIVAN – The Third Hebrew Month

BLESSING OF THE NEW MONTH – BIRKAT HA’CHODESH May it be Your will, O Lord, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You inaugurate this month of Sivan upon us for goodness and for blessing. May You give us long life: a life of peace – Shalom a life of goodness – Tovah  a life of blessing […]

Numbers – A Bird’s Eye View

The Hebrew name of this fourth book  of the Torah – Numbers –  is Bamidbar, which literally means ‘In the Wilderness’. We can recall Genesis, B’reisheet – In the Beginning. We also remember that the second book of Torah, Shemot, described the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt; and the third book Leviticus, or Vayikra, […]

Shavuot

SEASON OF REVELATION AND ROMANCE   You shall count seven weeks; begin to count the seven weeks from the time the sickle is first put to the standing grain [barley harvest – Passover]. Then you shall keep the Festival of Weeks [Shavuot] for YHVH your God, contributing a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing […]

IYYAR – The Second Hebrew Month

BLESSING OF THE NEW MONTH – BIRKAT HA’CHODESH May it be Your will, O Lord, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You inaugurate this month of Iyyar upon us for goodness and for blessing. May You give us long life: a life of peace – Shalom a life of goodness – Tovah  […]

Tehillim – Psalms

Artwork –  Israeli artist Baruch Nachshon  Since the time of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, the Psalms have been an inspiration and a source of delight and comfort, as well as a spiritual challenge, to all who read them. The great central subjects of the Book of Psalms are God, Man, Sin and Revelation. All, […]

Yom Ha’atzmaut – Israel’s 74th Independence Day – A History

firework display at nighttime

CELEBRATE ISRAEL – 5th MAY, 2022 / 4th Iyar 5782 Historic Land of Connection  Israel, although small geographically, is a land huge in historic significance. Biblical history revolves around it. The Bible, however, is not only a history book; it was primarily given by God to teach us about Himself and how we best should […]

Simplify and Soar – 2 – Simplifying (Iyyar)

SIMPLIFYING The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary  so that the necessary may speak.  ~ Hans Hofmann  AIMS: To clear what may be holding us back and to cheer on what is calling us forward.  To invite more energy, inspiration, freedom of spirit, and mystery into our lives. This is the second of […]