Charash: Silence speaking volumes

SILENCE: charash (Strong’s 2790, 2791); chashaw (Strong’s  2814) Root: חָרַשׁ Sounds like: khah-rash Silence has an interesting reputation. We often say silence is good! But it is also noted that not speaking up is bad. We should be silent and listen for the voice of God, but once we hear it we should not be… Continue reading Charash: Silence speaking volumes

Yagon: Sorrow in Exile

SORROW: yagon (masculine noun). (Strong’s 3015). Root: יָגוֹן Sounds like: ya-gohn.  The Hebrew word yagon is most often translated as sorrow, and sometimes grief. It is a fitting word for International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Many of us will see the hashtag #WeRemember as we scroll through social media today. And although we did not personally experience… Continue reading Yagon: Sorrow in Exile

Nasa: Lift, Carry, and Bear the Weight

LIFT/CARRY/BEAR: nasa (verb). (Strong’s 5375). Root: נָשָׂא Sounds like: naw-saw. This week's Hebrew word is near the top of my list of favourites, because it is central to the entire Biblical story. In an attempt to save time here's the Bible in a nutshell: In the beginning humans made a terrible choice and in doing… Continue reading Nasa: Lift, Carry, and Bear the Weight

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