Deuteronomy – Devarim – A Bird’s Eye View

Enjoy an overview of the amazing final book of the Torah – Deuteronomy / Devarim – Words. “May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand-fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you!”(Deuteronomy 1:11) DEUTERONOMY – A BIRD’S EYE VIEW Deuteronomy is the fifth and final book of […]

The Orchard

Four entered the orchard: Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Elisha and Ben Azzai and Ben Zoma. Ben Zoma gazed and died, Rabbi Elisha cut down the plantings, Ben Azzai gazed and was harmed. Only Rabbi Akiva emerged in peace. THE ORCHARD by Yochi Brandes Translated from the Hebrew by Daniel Libenson ~ Review by Cindy The […]

The Liminal Space of Gaining Perspective – Raynna Meyers

The Liminal Space of Seeking and Gaining Perspective What is a day, a moment, a word, a detail, a singular person, thought, action? What if I permitted it weight in my mind, see it for what it is, rather than my own estimation? What if I look at it through another’s eyes, to see it […]

THIS GRATEFUL HEART – PRAYER AND POEMS

  Prayer reminds me of the simple truths. We are surrounded by holiness. By beauty. By wonder and awe. At the same time, we must live as it is offered us, sometimes messy, sometimes challenging, potentially painful, potentially traumatic, a mixed bag of joy and sorrow. No matter what, our lives are enriched by prayer. […]

Learn from the Crawling Creatures? 10.55 mins

Learn from the Snake, the Ant & the Spider and the Fly! (10:55m)   The more one studies these amazing creatures, the more there is to discover! The punishment given by God to the snake was very fitting. He was made to crawl on his belly in the dust. The Sages wisely conclude, “Falsehood does not […]

KISLEV – VIDEO – BREAD/CHALLAH, SLEEP/REST – ROBBIE MASON

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  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 […]

CHICKEN MAN

I wrote Chicken Man after living and working on Kibbutz Mizra. I had a friend who worked in the ‘lul’ [lool] – the chicken coop. His charming stories of the chickens and the fun he had in the lul convinced me to work there, too. It was a horrible place and I hated the chickens. […]

VIP PRAYER FOR THE PROTECTION AND DEFENCE OF ISRAEL

VIP PRAYER FOR ISRAEL’S PROTECTION AND DEFENCE* Let Israel say, if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us….they would have swallowed us alive…Praise be to the Lord, who has not let us be torn by their teeth….Our help is in the name of the LORD (Psalm 124:1-8).  Please, God, our […]

IF ALL THE SEAS WERE INK

What a healthy relationship to time, viewing it not as a mark of age, but as an opportunity to grow in wisdom. If I learned a page a day, then instead of resigning myself to being one day older, I could aspire to be one day wiser. if all the seas were ink ~ A […]

You and I – Leonard Nimoy

Kavanah is a Hebrew word meaning intention and focus. The rabbis often speak of ‘kavanah of the heart’ in terms of prayer. This Hebrew word is deeply significant as we stand on the threshold of the Hebrew calendar month of ELUL. The following poem speaks into this season of repentance and reflection as a reminder […]

THE CALL TO VIP PRAYER

“I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand,  I shall not be shaken” (Psalms 16:8). CONSIDER THIS A CALL TO VIP PRAYER! What is that exactly? I coined the acronym to carry the meaning of  Valuable, Important and Powerful Prayer. Indeed, every genuine prayer from the heart is […]

The Liminal Space of Aliyah   –  Debra Elfassy

“The relationship between G-d and man changes when man ascends to the Land of Israel.” (Martin Buber) During the latter part of the 19th Century there began a rustling in the tops of the mulberry trees; the gentle winds of Aliyah began stirring. Man and nature knew that something momentous was about to happen. The […]

PSALM for DAY 7 – SHABBAT / Saturday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you! Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Day 7 – SHABBAT – Saturday Psalm 92 A Song for Shabbat It is good to give thanks to the LORD,  to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High; to declare Your […]

PSALM for DAY 6 – Yom Shishi / Friday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you! Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Day 6 – Yom Shishi – Friday Psalm 93 The LORD reigns; He is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed; He has put on strength as His belt. Yes, the world is […]

PSALM for Day 5 – Yom Chamishi / Thursday

May the Psalm of the Day be a blessing to you! Follow along as Keren recites the Psalm of the Day.   Yom Chamishi – Day 5 – Thursday Psalm 81 To Him who grants victory – by Asaph Sing aloud to God our strength; shout for joy to the God of Jacob! Raise a song; […]