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Simplify and Soar – 10 – SH’VAT

Simplify and Soar – 10 – SH’VAT

Yesod: Connection and Bonding, Joseph, and the Color Brown Breath, which I draw in, from You it comes, Light in my eyes, from you it alights, Advice which I follow, it is grounded in You,

Keren Hannah
On January 24, 2023
Simplify & Soar – 9- (KISLEV) Endurance, Moshe and Purple

Simplify & Soar – 9- (KISLEV) Endurance, Moshe and Purple

 KISLEV - NETZACH, MOSHE, AND THE COLOR PURPLE  “When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me.” ~ Jenny Joseph Welcome to Kislev

Keren Hannah
On December 19, 2022
Hanukkah –  How To Celebrate

Hanukkah – How To Celebrate

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

Keren Hannah
On December 18, 2022
Hanukkah Reads

Hanukkah Reads

photo credit: Juniper Books As the flickering lights of Hanukkah invite us into their warmth and holiness, it feels like the most natural thing in the world to cuddle up with a good book together with

Keren Hannah
On December 18, 2022
Simplify and Soar – 10 – SH’VAT

Simplify and Soar – 10 – SH’VAT

January 24, 2023 Inspiration, Simplify & Soar

Yesod: Connection and Bonding, Joseph, and the Color Brown Breath, which I draw in, from

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Simplify & Soar – 9- (KISLEV) Endurance, Moshe and Purple

Simplify & Soar – 9- (KISLEV) Endurance, Moshe and Purple

December 19, 2022 Inspiration, Simplify & Soar

 KISLEV - NETZACH, MOSHE, AND THE COLOR PURPLE  “When I am an old woman, I

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Hanukkah –  How To Celebrate

Hanukkah – How To Celebrate

December 18, 2022 Festivals, Hanukkah, Hanukkah Background and Insights

Ancient Jewish writings describe a delightful exchange between God and His people: ISRAEL:  God, You

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January 24, 2023Inspiration, Simplify & Soar

Simplify and Soar – 10 – SH’VAT

Yesod: Connection and Bonding, Joseph, and the Color Brown Breath, which I draw in, from

December 19, 2022Inspiration, Simplify & Soar

Simplify & Soar – 9- (KISLEV) Endurance, Moshe and Purple

 KISLEV - NETZACH, MOSHE, AND THE COLOR PURPLE  “When I am an old woman, I

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December 18, 2022Festivals, Hanukkah, Hanukkah Background and Insights

Hanukkah – How To Celebrate

Ancient Jewish writings describe a delightful exchange between God and His people: ISRAEL:  God, You

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December 18, 2022Children's Books Highlights, Hanukkah Reads

Hanukkah Reads

photo credit: Juniper Books As the flickering lights of Hanukkah invite us into their warmth

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Simplify and Soar – 10 – SH’VAT
Simplify and Soar – 10 – SH’VAT

Simplify and Soar – 10 – SH’VAT

Keren Hannah January 24, 2023 Inspiration Simplify & Soar

Yesod: Connection and Bonding, Joseph, and the Color Brown Breath, which I draw in, from You it comes, Light in my eyes, from you it alights, Advice which I follow, it is grounded in You, My spirit, no matter what obstacles it encounters, beholds You, and yields. ~ Yehudah HaLevi (A singer of Zion, born 1080)  On Rosh Chodesh Shvat, Moshe began to explain the Torah to the new generation of Israelites - those who were born during the previous forty years of wandering in the wilderness. His final teachings are recorded in the book of Deuteronomy / Devarim. In

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Simplify & Soar – 9- (KISLEV) Endurance, Moshe and Purple
Simplify & Soar – 9- (KISLEV) Endurance, Moshe and Purple

Simplify & Soar – 9- (KISLEV) Endurance, Moshe and Purple

Keren Hannah December 19, 2022 Inspiration Simplify & Soar

 KISLEV - NETZACH, MOSHE, AND THE COLOR PURPLE  “When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple, with a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me.” ~ Jenny Joseph Welcome to Kislev - a month of wonder, light, miracles and inspiration. It falls in Israel, and the Northern hemisphere, at the darkest, wintery time of the year, thus the month is a perfect time to quietly reignite our own inner light and to stir new life into any slumbering dreams or visions. During the last week of the month (18 - 26 December), when the sun and

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Hanukkah –  How To Celebrate
Hanukkah –  How To Celebrate

Hanukkah – How To Celebrate

Keren Hannah December 18, 2022 Festivals Hanukkah Hanukkah Background and Insights

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 in the sky. For You light my lamp; the LORD my God illumines my darkness. 
(Psalm 18:28) What generally comes to mind when one thinks of Hanukkah,especially if you’re a child, is the lighting of many candles, gifts, fun games, sizzling latkes (grated potato fritters) and mounds of big, sugarcoated, jelly, chocolate,

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Hanukkah Reads
Hanukkah Reads

Hanukkah Reads

Keren Hannah December 18, 2022 Children's Books Highlights Hanukkah Reads

photo credit: Juniper Books As the flickering lights of Hanukkah invite us into their warmth and holiness, it feels like the most natural thing in the world to cuddle up with a good book together with those we love. Reading together has been part of my family's celebrations for years and many of the reads I recommend have so many precious memories wrapped in them. Thus it is with pure delight to share a a list of Hanukkah reads with a short review of each book. Between Keren and I, we have many more books to recommend than there are nights of Hanukkah. This

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Hanukkah – Seeing the Light
Hanukkah – Seeing the Light

Hanukkah – Seeing the Light

Keren Hannah December 8, 2022 Festivals Hanukkah

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 the darkness of the Greco-Roman idolatry and materialism. The golden menorah represented the Presence of God and the light of His Truth. The details of the menorah are significant, e.g., the almond decoration. Almonds, in their shape, resemble eyes and the light of the menorah enables us

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Simplify & Soar – 8 – (CHESHVAN)                       Tiferet – Compassion; Jacob; and the Color Green
Simplify & Soar – 8 – (CHESHVAN)                       Tiferet – Compassion; Jacob; and the Color Green

Simplify & Soar – 8 – (CHESHVAN) Tiferet – Compassion; Jacob; and the Color Green

Keren Hannah October 23, 2022 Inspiration Simplify & Soar

After the whirl of the Fall Feasts in Tishrei, Cheshvan is a welcome quiet month. ‘Mar’ means ‘bitter’ in Hebrew, and the month sometimes is called MarCheshvan because there are no biblical feasts in it at all. This proves to be a blessing in disguise, however, because it provides us with the opportunity to slow down and breathe. We can take stock after the spiritual “highs” of Tishrei and realize that we need not look forward in fear, nor back with regret. Now is the time to stop and look around with awareness of just where we are, with the

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Simchat Torah – Joy of Torah
Simchat Torah – Joy of Torah

Simchat Torah – Joy of Torah

Keren Hannah October 16, 2022 Fall Feasts Simchat Torah

A JOYOUS NEW BEGINNING The conclusion of the annual Torah reading cycle at this time and the immediate beginning of the cycle for the next year is the central reason and focus of the holiday of Simchat Torah. An old gate is closing and a new one is opening. We celebrate the new beginning and the opportunity to step forward into another year of relationship with our Father, the Giver and Source of Life, and into continuing growth in knowledge of His Word and thereby of Himself. We can lift our hearts and rejoice and sing with the Psalmist: “Open my

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Simplify & Soar – 7 – (Tishrei) Gevurah – Discipline, Yitzchak – Isaac, and the color Red.
Simplify & Soar – 7 – (Tishrei) Gevurah – Discipline, Yitzchak – Isaac, and the color Red.

Simplify & Soar – 7 – (Tishrei) Gevurah – Discipline, Yitzchak – Isaac, and the color Red.

Keren Hannah October 16, 2022 Inspiration Simplify & Soar

Shalom dear fellow-learners, A blessing is not said for Rosh Chodesh Tishrei because the month is overshadowed, as it were, by the glory of Rosh HaShanah - the start of a new Hebrew calendar year. Nevertheless, Tishrei is a very special and holy month. It is bursting with festivals, just as the pomegranate - the central fruit of the season, is bursting with luscious seeds! The month of Elul was a particular month for reflection and repentance, and personally meeting with the King, who had figuratively left His palace to draw closer and to be more intimately available to us

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Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – Part 1
Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – Part 1

Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – Part 1

Keren Hannah September 19, 2022 Fall Feasts Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles

SUKKOT - SEASON OF OUR JOY - A HARVEST FEAST ~ Keren Hannah  As we approach the week-long festival of Sukkot [soo-koht], we are aware that the seasons are changing. Summer is slowly but surely giving way to the cooler nights and days of Fall. We are reminded that time is divided into years and each year has its seasons, each filled with its unique characteristics and opportunities for change and growth. It is no coincidence that our Creator set each festival in its particular season and specifically appointed the time of its celebration. Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, occurs at

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Sukkot –  Part 2 – The Four Species
Sukkot –  Part 2 – The Four Species

Sukkot – Part 2 – The Four Species

Keren Hannah September 1, 2022 Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles

THE FOUR SPECIES After the sukkah, the most visible elements associated with the celebration of the festival of Sukkot are the Arba Minim, the Four Species. While the sukkah is a reminder of the temporary nature of our journey and the need for God’s supernatural provision and protection in the wilderness, the four species are related to the Land and fruitfulness, to our everyday life, and to settled productivity. There are seven species specifically connected with the Land of Israel, which many people use in some way as decorative items in the sukkah. These are wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates,

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Simplify & Soar – 6 – (ELUL) – Lovingkindness, Avraham, and the Color Blue
Simplify & Soar – 6 – (ELUL) – Lovingkindness, Avraham, and the Color Blue

Simplify & Soar – 6 – (ELUL) – Lovingkindness, Avraham, and the Color Blue

Keren Hannah August 26, 2022 Inspiration Simplify & Soar

For the next seven months we will be taking a closer look at the seven core attributes or character traits, and will be making a connection with a biblical character and one of the seven colors!  As human beings created in the image of God we are designed to reflect His attributes. Just as He created the world with ten utterances there are in fact ten basic attributes. The first three are Chochma - wisdom, the ability to absorb knowledge; Bina - the ability to deeply understand that knowledge; and Da’at - knowing how to apply both the knowledge and

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Simplify and Soar  – 5 –  (Av)  Self Care
Simplify and Soar  – 5 –  (Av)  Self Care

Simplify and Soar  – 5 –  (Av)  Self Care

Keren Hannah August 4, 2022 Inspiration Simplify & Soar

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 to release the potential we have been gifted with and, also, to value and enjoy more fully the life we have been given by our loving Father in Heaven. MASLOW’S HIERARCHY OF NEEDS Every student of psychology is familiar with the Maslow hierarchy of needs. Abraham Maslow, an American psychologist,

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