Revisiting Hanukkah: DEDICATION

Tonight at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah/Chanukkah for this year. It's a festival of remembrance, with sparkling lights and greasy sweet food! So grab yourself a jelly donut and let's dive into the Hebrew and Aramaic word Hanukkah, which means dedication. Hanukkah, in the Tanakh (Old Testament), was the dedication of sacred space. For years… Continue reading Revisiting Hanukkah: DEDICATION

Shemen, Khelev, Bari: On the FAT Track

FAT: shaman (Strong's 8080); khelev (Strong’s 2459); bari (Strong's 1277) Root: בריא / חלב / שמן Sounds like: shah'man; kheh'lev; ba'ree Fat is a complicated word. It is necessary for human existence, and yet it appears to be steeped in negative connotations. Fat discrimination has been an issue for decades, but historically being fat was… Continue reading Shemen, Khelev, Bari: On the FAT Track

Palat: DELIVERANCE, Escape, Rescue

DELIVERANCE/ESCAPE/RESCUE: palat/falat (6403, 6405, 6412, 6413). Root: פלט Sounds like: pah'laht/ fah'laht If we break down the Bible to its simplest elements, it’s all about a great rescue... a deliverance from evil and death. There was a constant call for rescue from the wicked of the earth: Psalm 82:4 Rescue [fal’tu] the weak and needy;… Continue reading Palat: DELIVERANCE, Escape, Rescue

Dimah: Revisiting TEARS

It seems strange to say "revisiting tears"... Since September 10th, tears have never really left me. Kevin's passing was sudden and unexpected, and tears remain to be my daily visitors. It is true though... relief often comes after a good cry. Personally, I feel a sense of calm after the tears have flowed freely. A… Continue reading Dimah: Revisiting TEARS

Lai’lah: Overcoming the NIGHT

NIGHT: Lai’lah/La'yil.  Masculine Noun. (Strong’s 3915). Root: ליל  Sounds like: lie-la We spend half of our lives in the night. It is a guarantee. As much as we think we can alter our universe and everything around us, we cannot change the inevitable darkening of the sky and the advance of the night. In Genesis… Continue reading Lai’lah: Overcoming the NIGHT

Yayin: Revisiting WINE

Wine (yayin) shows up repeatedly in the Hebrew Bible. It was used in parables and poems, prophetic metaphors and historic accounts.  Wine and bread, paired together, were sometimes synonymous with feast and abundance. The often quoted groom's “banquet hall,” in the Song of Solomon, was literally his house of wine: Song of Solomon 2:3-5 “Like… Continue reading Yayin: Revisiting WINE


FIRE: Esh. Feminine Noun. (Strong’s 784). Root: אש Sounds like: esh (rhymes with mesh) Fire and religion have a complicated history. People tend to go right to the destructive aspects of fire, and think immediately of the lake of fire, eternal flames, and some sort of torturing hell. Much of what we view as hell-fire… Continue reading Esh: FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!

Lechem: Revisiting BREAD

This weekend Canada celebrates Thanksgiving. We celebrate with a feast: turkey, stuffing, squash, cranberries, PEI potatoes, and gravy... lots of gravy! But no Thanksgiving feast is complete without the bread.. yummy, just out of the oven, bread. Bread plays a big part in the Bible. It was recognized immediately as a necessary ingredient to life.… Continue reading Lechem: Revisiting BREAD

Aphar: DUST to DUST

DUST: aphar.  Masculine noun. (Strong’s 6083). Root: עפר Sounds like: a-far Dust is prolific in our lives. It is everywhere. It clings to our tvs, our baseboards, our cupboards, and our Bibles (when they sit unopened on our shelves). Dust, of course, was no stranger to ancient Israel. It's been a constant thing throughout history...… Continue reading Aphar: DUST to DUST

T’ehnah: The Sweet FIG TREE/FIGS

FIG TREE/FIGS: T’ehnah, feminine noun. (Strong's 8384). In Hebrew lettering: תאנה Sounds like: t'eh'nah. The Bible is full of garden metaphors: seed, spring growth, fruit, and harvest. Symbolically, in the Scriptures, humans are like trees. We are planted seeds; we sprout and grow with God’s love and guidance. When we are healthy children of YHWH… Continue reading T’ehnah: The Sweet FIG TREE/FIGS