Sa’ar: Weathering the STORM

STORM/TEMPEST: Sa’ar, noun (Strong’s 5591). Root: סער Sounds like: sah'ar In the early hours of Saturday morning I sat in my living room, in the dark, and listened to the howling and terrifying winds of Hurricane Fiona on Prince Edward Island. How strange and humbling it was to sit in the middle of a raging… Continue reading Sa’ar: Weathering the STORM

Malkah/Gebirah: The QUEEN

QUEEN: Malkah, feminine noun (Strong’s 4436); Malak, verb “to become queen or king” (Strong’s 4427); Gebirah, Lady/Queen Mother, feminine noun (Strong’s 1377). Root: מלך and גבר Sounds like: mal’kah, m’lak, g’beera I am Canadian, a member of the Commonwealth, and a descendant of United Empire Loyalists… which means I am Canadian because some of my… Continue reading Malkah/Gebirah: The QUEEN

Al’manah: The WIDOW

WIDOW: almanah, feminine noun (Strong’s 490); Widowhood: almon, masculine noun (Strong’s 489); Widowed: alman, adjective (Strong’s 488). Root: אלמן Sounds like: al’manAW As of yesterday I have been a widow for one year. It’s a heavy title to bear, and I will carry it for the rest of my life. I recall reading about widows… Continue reading Al’manah: The WIDOW


SHINE FORTH: Yapha, verb, (Strong’s 3313). Root: יפע Sounds like: yah'fah YHWH Shone It’s no secret that light is one of the key metaphors in the Bible. We’ve looked at light, lamp, sun, lightning, and radiance/sunstreams, so this week we're going to look at the verb yapha (meaning to shine forth, or to send out… Continue reading Yapha: SHINE FORTH!

Nogah, Nahar: RADIANCE & Sun-STREAMS

Brightness/Radiance: Nogah, feminine noun (Strong’s 5051) & To Stream/Radiate Light: Nahar, verb (Strong’s 5102). Root: נגה (nogah) & נהר (nahar) Sounds like: Noe-gaw and Na-hawr The theme of Light recurs throughout the entire Bible. It may be the most prevalent recurrent theme, which explains why so many words support the theme, from sun, moon and… Continue reading Nogah, Nahar: RADIANCE & Sun-STREAMS

Lekhi: Turn the other JAW/CHEEK

JAWBONE/CHEEK: Lekhi… (Strong’s 3895) Root: לחי Sounds like: l'khee The word lekhi is usually translated as either jaw or cheek. It generally refers to the area on the face that is visible as the cheek, supported by the jawbone. The name of that area in Hebrew had one designation: lekhi. Lekhi showed up in the erotic… Continue reading Lekhi: Turn the other JAW/CHEEK

Revisiting SHEMESH: The Timeless & Enduring SUN

I live on an Island. Sun, sand and surf make up a good chunk of Prince Edward Island’s identity. The land (sand), the water (surf) and the sky (sun) usually work nicely together, but whereas the sand and surf are always visible, the sun sometimes hides behind the clouds. The sun (or lack of it)… Continue reading Revisiting SHEMESH: The Timeless & Enduring SUN

Tsum/Tsom: FASTING on Tisha B’Av

To FAST: Tsum. Verb (Strong’s 6684); A FAST: Tsom. Masculine Noun (Strong’s 6685).  Root: צום Sounds like: tzoom & tzohm Today is Tisha B’Av… the saddest day of the Jewish calendar. Why is it the saddest day? Because many of the most tragic Jewish events occurred on this one singular day in the Jewish calendar,… Continue reading Tsum/Tsom: FASTING on Tisha B’Av

Hagah: The Noisy MEDITATION

MEDITATE: hagah (verb), to meditate, groan, moan, growl. (Strong’s 1897); hegeh (masc noun)/hagut (fem noun)/hagig (masc noun), a rumbling, a moaning, a meditation (Strong’s 1899, 1900 & 1901); higgayon (masc noun), meditational music. (Strong's 1902). Root: הגה Sounds like: haw-gaw; heh-geh; ha-goot; ha-geeg; hee-gai-own. Meditate on God’s Word The word “meditation” freaks some people out. It has… Continue reading Hagah: The Noisy MEDITATION

Devir: The INNER SANCTUARY / Place of the WORD

INNER SANCTUARY: Debir/Devir, Masculine Noun, (Strong’s 1687). The Bible is full of areas of sacred space. There’s Eden, sacred mountains, garden spaces, rock altars, and  the Tabernacle/Temple… all places where YHWH made His Presence felt.  Within the Tabernacle, at the very core, behind a thick curtain, was the holiest of holy places, the “inner sanctuary”.… Continue reading Devir: The INNER SANCTUARY / Place of the WORD