ADAR – 12th Hebrew Month – Being Holy, Being Whole

THE TWELFTH MONTH  – SORROW INTO GLADNESS We conclude another biblical calendar year with the injunction to be joyful. Historically, the month of Adar was not a particularly good one for the people of God, however, traditionally many Jewish families make posters or cards saying: BE HAPPY! IT’S ADAR!  During Adar, the fun festival of […]

SHEVAT – 11th Hebrew Month – Being Holy, Being Whole

SHEVAT THEME: FRUITFULNESS; PLEASURE BODY:  THE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM QUOTE:  The day you were born is the day God decided that the world could not exist without  you.  ~ Rebbe Nachman PSALM 139: God-Who-is-There CREATIVE EXPRESSION: Find ways to illustrate and express in your journal the theme and what you are learning and experiencing this month.  […]

TEVET – 10th Hebrew Month – Being Holy, Being Whole

  TEVET THEME: ANGER/PRIDE; GRATITUDE/PEACE BODY:  THE BODY FILTERS QUOTE: There is a song that only my soul can sing. PSALM 105: God-Who-is-our-Praise CREATIVE EXPRESSION: Find ways to illustrate and express in your journal the theme and what you are learning and experiencing this month.  GOD-WHO-IS-OUR-PRAISE  In reference to Psalm 105, Rabbi Maurice Lamm makes […]

KISLEV – 9th Hebrew Month – Being Holy Being Whole

KISLEV THEME: EATING, BREAD/CHALLAH, SLEEP/REST BODY:  THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM  QUOTE: Eat to gain strength to serve HaShem physically and to grow spiritually. PSALM 137: God-our-Avenger-and-Song CREATIVE EXPRESSION: Find ways to illustrate and express in your journal the theme and what you are learning and experiencing this month.   GOD-OUR-AVENGER-AND-SONG Psalm 137 is a song of […]

CHESHVAN – 8th Hebrew Month – Being Holy Being Whole

CHESHVAN – The 8th Hebrew Month THEME: BREATH, FRAGRANCE, PATIENCE BODY:  NOSE  QUOTE: May our lives emit the fragrance of His Presence.  PSALM 33:6 tells us: “With the Word of God the heavens were made; with the breath of His mouth, all their hosts.”  From the very beginning we realize the importance and power of […]

TISHREI – The 7th Hebrew Month – Being Holy Being Whole

  TISHREI THEME: GOODNESS, TOUCH, BLESSING BODY:  HANDS  QUOTE: Gam zu le’tovah! This, too, is for the good. PSALM 77: Almighty God-Who-Does-Wonders CREATIVE EXPRESSION: Find ways to illustrate and express in your journal the theme and what you are learning and experiencing this month.    ALMIGHTY GOD-WHO-DOES-WONDERS THE ECHO OF YOUR PROMISE  – Based on […]

ELUL – The 6th Hebrew Month – Being Holy Being Whole

ELUL– אלול THEME:  ACTION, RECTIFICATION – TIKKUN BODY:  BRAIN QUOTE:  “Time is reversible, the past can be undone, a wasted life can be restored.” PSALM 27:  G-d-Who-is my-Light CREATIVE EXPRESSION: Find ways to illustrate and express the theme and what you are learning and experiencing this month.  God-Who-is-my-Light PSALM 27 Psalm 27 is read every day during Elul. Orthodox […]

AV – 5th Biblical Month – Being Holy, Being Whole

AV – אב THEME:  HEARING, MUSIC, BALANCE BODY:  EARS QUOTE:  “Through prayer, our needs and wants become the source of our greatest blessing – closeness to God.” ~ Heshy Kleinman (Praying with Fire) PSALM 59: God-my-Tower-of-Strength CREATIVE EXPRESSION: Find ways to illustrate and express the theme and what you are learning and experiencing this month.  God-my-Tower-of-Strength […]

TAMMUZ – 4th Biblical Month – Being Holy, Being Whole

TAMMUZ THEME:  VISION AND PERCEPTION BODY:  EYES QUOTE:  When you place your life in the hand of God, you begin to see His hand in everything. PSALM : 42 – G-d-my-Ever-Present-Help CREATIVE EXPRESSION: Find pictures; draw your own; sketch; write down any other Scripture verses and/or quotes that will illustrate and express the theme and what […]

SIVAN – 3rd Biblical Month – Being Holy, Being Whole

SIVAN THEME: MOVEMENT  BODY: Skeletal system; legs, feet; arms, hands QUOTE:  Act with confidence. ‘Humility’ that disempowers can indicate an inflated ego. POEM: ‘Toward Myself’ – Lea Goldberg PSALM 41: G-d-Who-Heals-the-Wounded-Heart CREATIVE EXPRESSION: Find pictures; draw your own; sketch; write down any other Scripture verses and/or quotes that will illustrate and express the theme and […]

IYYAR – 2nd Biblical Month – Being Holy ~ Being Whole

IYYAR THEME: THE HEART, THOUGHTS AND CONTEMPLATION QUOTE: “Faith exists only in the imagination. In that sphere which the mind is able to comprehend, the concept of faith cannot exist.” ~ Rebbe Nachman  POEM:  Waves of Light  by Rumi. PSALM 32:  God-Who-Envelops-In-Chessed/Lovingkindness CREATIVE EXPRESSION: Find pictures; draw your own; sketch; write down any other Scripture verses […]

NISSAN – 1st Biblical Month – Being Holy ~ Being Whole

THE NEW ROSH CHODESH CYCLE A garden locked is my sister, my bride, A spring locked, a fountain sealed. Song of Songs 4:12 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 […]

JOURNAL: BEING HOLY – BEING WHOLE

Blessed are You O Lord our God, I dedicate the work of my hands to Your glory and I ask for Your inspiration and anointing upon it. Amen Experiences can fade with time and even be forgotten. A journal is a wonderful place to hold these memories. It is a place of return –  to […]

BEING CREATIVE and sharing our Creator’s OHR KADOSH – Holy Light

Art in Hebrew – omanut – has a semantic connection with emunah, “faith” or “faithfulness.” A true artist is faithful both to his materials and to the task, teaching us: To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And […]