Sheleg: Let it Snow

SNOW: sheleg (masculine noun) (Strong’s 7950) Root: שֶׁלֶג Sounds like: sheh-leg Prince Edward Island, Canada, is no stranger to snow. It comes in great white waves and the breezy Island winds love to twirl it about in seemingly choreographed gusts. Snow shimmers like diamonds on a sunny day and takes on a beautiful blue hue… Continue reading Sheleg: Let it Snow

Resheet: A Love Story From the Beginning

Beginning: resheet (Feminine Noun) (Strong's 7225) Root: רֵאשִׁית Sounds like: ray-sheet Genesis 1:1 In the beginning [b’resheet] God created the heavens and the earth. The very first word in the Bible is the word beginning. We might think it’s the word “in”, but in Hebrew “in” is not a word itself, but a prefix. In… Continue reading Resheet: A Love Story From the Beginning

Kows: Remember the Cup

CUP: kows (feminine noun). (Strong’s 3563). Root: כּוֹס Sounds like: koce Much of the world will be celebrating New Years Eve tomorrow, where a cup is raised to remember a year gone by and to honour the start of a new beginning. The Cup is often associated with remembering, but the first time we come… Continue reading Kows: Remember the Cup

Melek: King forevermore

King: melek (Strong’s 4428) and Kingdom: malkuth (Strong’s 4438) Root: מֶלֶךְ Sounds like: mel’eck and mal’koot King (melek) is used to describe both earthly leaders and the Creator God. And Kingdom (malkuth) can be any earthly kingdom, as well as the divine Kingdom of God. Interestingly, there is only one letter difference between king/melek (מֶלֶךְ) and… Continue reading Melek: King forevermore

Malak: Messenger, Sent One, Angel

Angel/Messenger/Sent One: malak- (masculine noun) (Strong’s 4397) Root: מֲלְאָךְ Sounds like: mal-awk Angels we have Heard on High is a song that gets a lot of air play this time of year. It brings us to that glorious moment in the Bible announcing the Messiah's arrival on earth: Luke 2:8-14 And there were shepherds residing in… Continue reading Malak: Messenger, Sent One, Angel

Ore: Children of Light

Light: ore (Feminine Noun) (Strong's 216) Root: אוֹר Sounds like: owr Tonight we light the last candle for Chanukkah so it is fitting that the word we dive into today is Light. The battle between “good” and “evil” has been so closely associated with “light” and “dark” that it has become ingrained in our minds… Continue reading Ore: Children of Light

Yonah: Dove that brings Good News

Dove: yonah (feminine noun). (Strong’s 3123) Root: יוֹנָה Sounds like: yo-naw Why does the world connect “doves” with “peace”? Nowhere in the Bible do the words peace and dove show up in the same verse. Yet the iconic picture of a dove with a branch in its beak is deeply rooted in our minds as a… Continue reading Yonah: Dove that brings Good News

Shir: Sing to Him a New Song

Sing: shir (verb) (Strong’s 7891) Root: שִׁיר Sounds like: sheer In the novel, Les Miserables, Victor Hugo wrote about the horrors of working as a galley slave, and how song carried the prisoners through the depths of despair: “For when there is no more hope, song remains”. We often think of singing in great joy during… Continue reading Shir: Sing to Him a New Song

Tsel: Shadow of Death; Life in the Shade

Shadow: tsel (Masculine Noun) (Strong’s 6738) Shadow of Death/Death-Shadow: tsal-mawet (Masculine Noun) (Strong’s 6757) Root: צֵל Sounds like: tzel Shadow is a bi-product of light and dark, making it a prominent theme in the Tanakh. Most often it is used to describe YHWH’s protection. Shade protects us from heat and shadow hides us from danger.… Continue reading Tsel: Shadow of Death; Life in the Shade

Shemesh: Shining like the Sun

Sun: shemesh (masculine noun) (Strong's 8121 & 8122) Root: שֶׁמֶשׁ Sounds like: shuh-mesh November is usually a month with many grey, overcast, days, so when the sun does come out it feels all that more warm and glorious. One hundred years ago, to the day, the signing of the Armistice Agreement put an end to WWI.… Continue reading Shemesh: Shining like the Sun