Hanukkah is the only feast that originated in the land of Israel. Pesach originated in Egypt; Purim in Persia; Shavuot and Sukkot in the wilderness. Hanukkah, however, happened Poh – פה – here, in Israel. The Holy Temple was cleansed and rededicated and the miracle of the menorah lights occurred. Light broke in and overcame […]

HANUKKAH – How To Celebrate

HOW TO CELEBRATE HANUKKAH ~ Keren Hannah Pryor  Ancient Jewish writings describe a delightful exchange between God and His people: ISRAEL:  God, You illuminated the whole universe and then tell us to light the menorah? GOD:  The little lights of your menorah are more precious to me than the lights of all the stars I have placed […]

TU B’AV – 15th AV – SWEETHEART’S DAY! (5 August 2020)

AV, in general, is a paradoxical month. It begins with nine days of semi-mourning that conclude with the solemn fast day of Tisha B’Av (9th of Av). During this time we recall the destruction of the Holy Temples in Jerusalem, the occupation by foreign powers, and the exile of the majority of the Jewish people from […]

Spiraling Up! AV – GROWTH

GROWTH The Hebrew name of the month of Av is spelled with an aleph and a bet.  ( א ב ) Many question why the Torah begins with a bet, the second letter of the AlephBet, and not an aleph, which is the first. Many answers are offered but one I like is that the […]

Spiraling Up! TAMMUZ 2020

TAMMUZ – WEEKS 1 & 2         COMMITMENT The rich month of Sivan, with its focus on Ahavah – Love and Relationships, launched us into the heights of the “sky,” as it were – into the limitless bounds of our Father’s never-ending love; as well as into a perception of all the […]

SIVAN 2020 Ahavah – Love and Relationship

SIVAN is the third Hebrew month. We are told in Exodus 19:1, On the third new moon after the people of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on that day they came into the wilderness of Sinai. Sivan is viewed as a month of movement…the Israelites were moving forward, out of slavery […]

Spiraling Up! SIVAN 2020

For your husband is your Maker, Whose name is the LORD of hosts; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, Who is called the G-d of all the earth. You have loved us with great Love, LORD our G-d, and with surpassing compassion have You had compassion on us … be gracious also […]

Spiraling Up! IYYAR – FB LIVE

Shalom friends! Sharing some thoughts on this important “in-between” month of separation, healing, and connection. It is especially significant in the light of our Core Question for Nissan and Iyyar: ”How might this new understanding (what we are learning this month) affect your relationship with G-d, with yourself, Ana with others?” Press in to His […]

Spiraling Up! NISSAN 2020

Being Holy Being Whole – NISSAN 2020  THEME:  SEA / BIRTH and REBIRTH CORE QUESTION: How does our theme this month affect your relationship with God, with yourself, and with others? VERSE: “Be strong, be courageous! Do not be afraid or downhearted, because Adonai your G-d is with you wherever you go [or stay!]”. (Joshua 1:9) […]

BHBW SPIRALING UP – Introduction and Special Invitation for Women

BEING HOLY / BEING WHOLE 2020 – 2021 S P I R A L I N G   U P ! A SPECIAL INVITATION FOR WOMEN He leads me in cycles of righteousness for His name sake. Psalm 23:3 Dear friends and fellow-climbers, The new cycle is fast approaching, beginning with the month of Nissan […]


For those of us who are unsure of what we have to offer this world, I see a bud curled within itself, aching to unfurl, drawing from roots nourished deep. We are, with all of creation, eagerly, bound up, longing to be revealed. As a woman with child, and as a child within a womb, […]

Journal Jots for ADAR – Keep Climbing!

The good is already there. Practicing gratitude means being fully aware of the good that is already yours. ~ Alan Morinis Seeing the Good / Hakarat HaTov / Gratitude Download Journal Jots for ADAR

Keep Climbing! LIVE – ADAR (12th Hebrew Month)

SEE VIDEO BELOW NOTES ADAR GRATITUDE  AND  GIVING Verse: “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Galatians 6:9) Quote:  “The mental, emotional [and spiritual] muscles required to write a letter, clean the  garage/home, or pay our bills on time, are the very same […]

Tu Be’SHEVAT – and a SEDER – 28th January 2021

 Tu B’Shevat  – The 15th of Shevat  Thanking God for the Fruit of the Trees and for Redemption Tu B’Shevat is not listed among the Biblical Feast Days but is in accord with the Scripture,     “You shall tithe all the yield of your seed, which comes from the field year by year” (Deuteronomy 14:22). […]


A SIMPLE TU’BE’SHEVAT SEDER    A note to the participant: In ancient Israel, the 15th of Shevat — in Hebrew, Tu B’Shevat — was the day on which agricultural taxes were levied Crops and fruit grown before this date would be taxed for that year and those grown thereafter would be taxed the following year.  […]