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Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – Part 1

Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – Part 1

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

Keren Hannah
On September 19, 2022
Sukkot –  Part 2 – The Four Species

Sukkot – Part 2 – The Four Species

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

Keren Hannah
On September 1, 2022
Simplify & Soar – 6 – (ELUL) – Lovingkindness, Avraham, and the Color Blue

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

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

Keren Hannah
On August 26, 2022
Simplify and Soar  – 5 –  (Av)  Self Care

Simplify and Soar  – 5 –  (Av)  Self Care

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

Keren Hannah
On August 4, 2022
Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – Part 1

Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – Part 1

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

SUKKOT - SEASON OF OUR JOY - A HARVEST FEAST ~ Keren Hannah  As we approach

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Sukkot –  Part 2 – The Four Species

Sukkot – Part 2 – The Four Species

September 1, 2022 Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles

THE FOUR SPECIES After the sukkah, the most visible elements associated with the celebration of

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

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

August 26, 2022 Inspiration, Simplify & Soar

For the next seven months we will be taking a closer look at the seven

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

Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles – Part 1

SUKKOT - SEASON OF OUR JOY - A HARVEST FEAST ~ Keren Hannah  As we approach

September 1, 2022Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles

Sukkot – Part 2 – The Four Species

THE FOUR SPECIES After the sukkah, the most visible elements associated with the celebration of

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August 26, 2022Inspiration, Simplify & Soar

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

For the next seven months we will be taking a closer look at the seven

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August 4, 2022Inspiration, Simplify & Soar

Simplify and Soar  – 5 –  (Av)  Self Care

Finally, in the midst of winter,I discovered in myself an invincible summer.~ Albert Camus Self

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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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Simplify and Soar – 4 – Surrender (Tammuz)
Simplify and Soar – 4 – Surrender (Tammuz)

Simplify and Soar – 4 – Surrender (Tammuz)

Keren Hannah July 24, 2022 Inspiration Simplify & Soar

Summer teaches us love of life and pity for the falling flower. ~ Jill Hammer When I first considered the topic for this month of Tammuz, I must admit I felt rather hesitant and dubious.  Surrender seems to have a negative aspect to it.  Surrender. Quit! Give up!  But, as I have given it more thought, I realize it is a vital characteristic and it is important to know how and when to surrender. What comes to mind, initially, is the white flag of surrender in a war scenario. It conveys a weakness and vulnerability, and at that the same

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The Three Weeks – 17 Tammuz to Tisha B’Av
The Three Weeks – 17 Tammuz to Tisha B’Av

The Three Weeks – 17 Tammuz to Tisha B’Av

Keren Hannah July 24, 2022 Bein Ha'Mitzarim - The Three Weeks

Bein HaMetzarim - In the Narrow Straits Adapted, with thanks, from article in HaMizrachi Parsha Weekly: Parshat Matot 2022 Worth a read. May the Final Geulah / Redemption come quickly. BEATINGS OR BLOSSOMS? Rabbanit Shani Taragin (Educational Director, World Mizrachi) During the twenty-one days “Bein HaMetzarim” (In the Narrow Straits) between the 17th Tammuz (17th July) and Tisha B’Av, (the 9th of Av - 7th August) we read the prophecies of Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) and Yeshayahu (Isaiah) foretelling the destruction of Jerusalem in the three haftarah readngs. The first is the first chapter of Yirmiyahu (1-2:3) who is inaugurated as a

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TAMMUZ – The Fourth Hebrew Month
TAMMUZ – The Fourth Hebrew Month

TAMMUZ – The Fourth Hebrew Month

Keren Hannah July 23, 2022 Hebrew Months

 TAMMUZ   BLESSING OF THE NEW MONTH – BIRKAT HA’CHODESH May it be Your will, O Lord, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You inaugurate this month of Tammuz upon us for goodness and for blessing. May You give us long life, a life of peace – Shalom, a life of goodness – Tovah, a life of blessing – Bracha a life of sustenance - Parnassa, a life of physical health – Hilutz Atzamot a life in which there is awe of heaven and fear of sin – Yirat Shamayim ve’ Yirat Chet  a life in which there is no

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Israeli Spicy Surprise Chocolate Brownie Muffins
Israeli Spicy Surprise Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Israeli Spicy Surprise Chocolate Brownie Muffins

Keren Hannah June 15, 2022 Israel Recipes

Thanks to Shmuel Veffer Gluten and sugar free! Ingredients 1 (15 oz.) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed3 large eggs½ cup pure maple syrup1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder½ teaspoon baking soda3 tablespoons Galilee Green Olive Oil1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract1/3 cup dark chocolate chipshot pepper flakes for sprinkling Directions Preheat oven to 350° F.Place chickpeas, eggs, maple syrup, cocoa powder, baking soda, olive oil, and extract in blender or food processor; cover and blend until smooth.Pour into 12 muffin cups.Top each muffin with about four chocolate chips and hot pepper flakesBake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center

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Anochi? The Torah is like the Sea?
Anochi? The Torah is like the Sea?

Anochi? The Torah is like the Sea?

Keren Hannah June 10, 2022 Torah

Two interesting questions. I have always loved this picture and I have had it on my computer screen for a few years. But I only learned two fascinating truths it reflects this past week. Artwork by Israeli artist Baruch Nachshon (z"l) 1. The Hebrew word at the top is Anochi - אנכי The first word G-d spoke at Mount Sinai when He spoke the Ten Commandments. It means I AM [the Lord your G-d] (Exodus 20:2). David Nekrutman in his recently published book 'Your Sabbath Invitation,' explains that this form is unusual as in Hebrew the word 'I' is 'Ani.'

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Torah – the Bread of Life
Torah – the Bread of Life

Torah – the Bread of Life

Keren Hannah June 7, 2022 Torah

TORAH - the BREAD OF LIFE The Torah, or the first revelation of the Word of God in a communal form, was given by God at Sinai. The account in Genesis tells us that a form of the Word was in existence at the very beginning of Creation.  This Word was with God so intimately that, in fact, it was part of God; just as the words you speak emanate from you and give a representation of who you are and what you are thinking. As God is perfect, the same yesterday, today and tomorrow - all truth, justice and love -

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Simplify and Soar – 3 – Intuition (Sivan)
Simplify and Soar – 3 – Intuition (Sivan)

Simplify and Soar – 3 – Intuition (Sivan)

Keren Hannah June 7, 2022 Inspiration Simplify & Soar

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen! ~ Anonymous This is the third of the five steps at the heart of this cycle of BeIng Holy BeIng Whole. We are aiming to replace unnecessary effort with ease, clutter with clarity, irritating drama with inspiration. Hopefully, after Nissan, we now are more aware of slowing down. And, after Iyyar, with its theme of simplifying, we have experienced how the biggest changes, ironically, come from taking the smallest steps. As we go forward we, hopefully, can continue to make the necessary time for ourselves. Then, as our awareness expands and our

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SIVAN – The Third Hebrew Month
SIVAN – The Third Hebrew Month

SIVAN – The Third Hebrew Month

Keren Hannah June 7, 2022 Hebrew Months

BLESSING OF THE NEW MONTH – BIRKAT HA’CHODESH May it be Your will, O Lord, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You inaugurate this month of Sivan upon us for goodness and for blessing. May You give us long life: a life of peace – Shalom a life of goodness – Tovah  a life of blessing – Bracha  a life of sustenance – Parnassa  a life of physical health – Hilutz Atzamot  a life in which there is a fear of heaven and fear of sin – Yirat Shamayim ve’ Yirat Chet  a life in which there is no humiliation – Ein Busha u’Chlimah  a life

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