Revisiting Hope (Tiqvah)

For the last 170 Sundays in a row I have presented a new Biblical Hebrew word to contemplate and trace through the Bible. Today, the 171st Sunday, I am trying something new. We're going to go back in time to revisit a word from this blog's past. Image by Johannes Plenio ( There are a… Continue reading Revisiting Hope (Tiqvah)


UNITED/TOGETHER: yakhad. (Strong’s 3161/3162). Root: יחד Sounds like: yah-khad In these days of quarantine it is, perhaps, more important than ever to cherish the very human instinct of togetherness and unity. It's been a strange year of separation and even the most introverted of us miss working together, and playing together, and worshiping YHWH together. … Continue reading Yakhad: UNITED TOGETHER

Eser/A’sarah: Top TEN

TEN: eser/a’sarah. masculine & feminine noun. (Strong’s 6235).  TENTH: asor. masculine noun. (6218). TITHE: ma-aser. masculine noun & verb. (4643, 6237). Root: עשר Sounds like: eh'ser/aw'sahrah/ah'sore/ma-ah'sehr Welcome to a brand new year! This is the time when we often hear people summing up the previous year with a list of top tens: top ten best… Continue reading Eser/A’sarah: Top TEN

Matsa: Seek and you will FIND

FIND: Matsa. Verb. (Strong’s 4672). Root: מצא Sounds like: mah-tsah We started off the year 2020 with the Hebrew word for SEEK and so it seems fitting to end the year with FIND. We certainly found more than we bargained for in 2020. It has been a year of great challenge, globally. Every reader will… Continue reading Matsa: Seek and you will FIND

Tamah: Be Prepared to Be AMAZED!

AMAZED/ASTONISHED/SHOCKED: tamah. Verb. (Strong’s 8539). Root: תמה Sounds like: tah-mah One of the most celebrated stories this time of year is the angelic visitation to the shepherds on the night the Messiah was born. Can you imagine… out in the fields, surrounded by loud baaing sheep, a dark night… when suddenly a single angel stood… Continue reading Tamah: Be Prepared to Be AMAZED!

Ner: The Glow of LAMP Light

LAMP: ner. Masculine noun. (Strong’s 5216). Root: ניר Sounds like: nehr/neer I work in a library and I love it! But the one downfall is the lighting. It's an older building with mostly overhead fluorescent lights, which I find glaring to the eyes. My own office space gave me headaches, but I couldn't turn the… Continue reading Ner: The Glow of LAMP Light

Ya’ats: Wonderful, COUNSELLOR

COUNSELLOR/ADVISOR: Ya’ats. Verb. (Strong's 3289); Etsah. Feminine noun. (Strong's 6098). Root: יעץ Sounds like: yah’atz, etzah It seems like this world is full of counsellors... people trying to give advice. There are infomercials advising us to buy the right products, gossips advising us not to be like “that person”, well intentioned friends advising us to… Continue reading Ya’ats: Wonderful, COUNSELLOR

Sha’an: LEAN on Me

LEAN/RELY: Sha’an. Verb. (Strong's 8172) Root: שען  Sounds like: shaw’an Today my parents celebrate their 51st wedding Anniversary. They are excellent examples of two people who lean and rely on each other to navigate this gift called life. It helps to have someone we can truly rely on, someone we can trust to always have… Continue reading Sha’an: LEAN on Me


TROUBLE: akar.  Verb. (Strong’s 5916). Root: עכר Sounds like: aw-kar There's a remarkable, free, multi-season series on the life of Jesus called The Chosen (in case you're living in seclusion and haven't heard). At the very end of the first season Yeshua (Jesus) and his followers march like a confident gang, slow-motion, towards Samaria with… Continue reading Akar: Bad TROUBLE, Good TROUBLE.

Yeled: Whose CHILD is This?

CHILD: yeled, masculine noun (Strong’s 3206); yaldah, feminine noun, (Strong’s 3207). Root: ילד Sounds like: yeh'led, yal'daw On November 20th Canada recognizes National Child Day. The date was chosen based on the adoption of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, and the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights… Continue reading Yeled: Whose CHILD is This?