Mamzer – Not Quite Acceptable – Cindy Elliott

We currently live in a world that seems on a never ending cycle of unkindness. We are no longer one family, but live many separate lives. Many are marginalized or isolated. Those who make the most noise seem to set the rules for who belongs and who doesn’t. Today I spent my morning with Ray […]

ROOTED IN AHAVA / LOVE – Cindy Elliott

A Word for the Month of SHEVAT Man is like a tree in that his good deeds are his produce, his “fruits,” and his arms and legs the branches which bear these fruits. He is, however, an “upside-down tree,” for his head is rooted in the heavens, nestled in the spiritual soils of the Eternal, […]

THE HIDDEN GOODNESS OF TEVET – Cindy Elliott

A Word for the Month of TEVET – A MONTH OF TOV – GOOD In Tevet, “Bare branches wait for sun to touch them, and trees wait for sap to begin to rise. Animals and humans dream, waiting for the sun’s power to increase. The seedling waits in the earth for the nourishment of light. In […]

CHALUMOT – DREAMS – Cindy Elliott

A Word for the Month of KISLEV – A MONTH OF DREAMS When the white eagle of the North is flying overhead The browns, reds and golds of autumn lie in the gutter, dead. Remember then, that summer birds with wings of fire flaying Came to witness springs new hope, born of leaves decaying. Just […]

The Scent of Rain / Ha’Rei’ach shel Geshem – Cindy Elliott

A Word for the Month of CHESVAN – A Month of Fragrance The Bostoner Rebbe once taught: “… it is especially effective to pray when it is raining.” With a twinkle in his eye, he would say, “When the Creator is giving out b’rachot (blessings), take advantage of it.” [1] * I will bless them […]

ZAKAR זכר / Remember – Cindy Elliott

A Word for the Month of TISHREI – A Month of Remembering THE SCENT OF MEMORY When nothing else subsists from the long-distant past, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered…the smell… of things remain poised a long time, like souls… bearing resiliently, on tiny and almost impalpable drops of […]

TESHUVAH – TOHU VA-VOHU

A Word for the Month of Elul – A Month of Teshuvah * Now the earth was unformed and void – tohu va-vohu, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of G-d hovered over the face of the murmuring deep. Bereshit/Genesis 1:2 The murmuring deep is a “poetic translation” from the […]

THE EYES OF YOUR HEART – עיני הלבבות Cindy Elliott

HEBREW WORD FOR TAMMUZ – Being Holy ~ Being Whole The trees stand like guards of the Everlasting; the flowers like signpost of His goodness – only we have failed to be testimonies to His presence, token of His trust. How could we have lived in the shadow of greatness and defied it? [1] Wonder, […]

Reglei Elohim / G-d’s Feet / Legs  – Cindy Elliott

HEBREW WORD FOR IYYAR – Being Holy ~ Being Whole * My three-year-old son was watching me pray one day, trying to imitate my movements, pretending he was also praying. Then out of the blue, he blurted out, “Daddy! I just saw G-d’s feet.” I didn’t know what my immediate response should be to this, […]

Wise Hearted / Chakham Lev – Cindy Elliott

HEBREW WORD FOR IYYAR – Being Holy ~ Being Whole [1] Infinite G-d seeks human heart to build a home together. The angels glare in envy as the breath of G‑d descends below to become a human soul. Ripped out of the Infinite Light, it squeezes itself within meat and bones to experience that passion […]

Holiness In Words / Kedushah b’Devarim – Cindy Elliott

HEBREW WORD FOR NISSAN – Being Holy ~ Being Whole By the word (dabar דבר) of the LORD the heaven’s were made. And by the breath of His mouth all their host. (Psalm 33:6) Genesis Rabbah 1:1 records that the words G-d spoke to create the world were none other than the Torah itself: In […]

SELAH – סלה – A Holy Interruption ~ Cindy Elliott

* ’Womb to world’ is a startling moment for a baby. After months of being surrounded by warm amniotic fluid, cuddled in a strong protected sac and limited by the walls of the womb, the little one is suddenly pushed forth from this safe, familiar place and thrust into light. Baby is bombarded by stimuli, […]

Man + Woman = Fire ~ Keren Hannah

    The Hebrew word for man is ish (א’ש,) spelled aleph, yod, shin. Remove the yod and you are left with the letters aleph + shin, which form the word esh (אש) meaning FIRE. The yod is the first letter in G-d’s Divine Name YHVH ( הוה’ ). In removing the yod (‘) from ish […]