Today is Tisha B'Av... literally the 9th day in the Hebrew month of Av... and it's a day where comfort is far from the minds of the Jewish people. The 9th day of Av, historically, is a day of sorrow and remembrance of great Jewish tragedies. Traditionally it is associated with the fall of the… Continue reading Revisiting NAKHAM (Comfort)
To TRIUMPH/to be JUBILANT/to CELEBRATE- alaz, verb, (Strong’s 5937); alez, adjective, (Strong’s 5938). Root: עלז Sounds like: ah-lahz, ah'lez We often associate triumph with the world of sports. Beating your previous record is a personal triumph, winning the Stanley Cup is a team triumph, standing on the top of the Olympic podium makes you… Continue reading Alaz: CELEBRATE the Great TRIUMPH!
I live in a country that is officially called The Dominion of Canada. A dominion is often referred to as a place, like a realm, a territory, a colony; but dominion also means "power". To have dominion means to have power. A kingdom has a king; and a king has dominion over his kingdom. YHWH,… Continue reading Revisiting MOSHEL (Dominion)
To GRIEVE/GRIEF: atzav, verb (Strong’s 6087); ka’as, masculine noun (Strong’s 3708); tugah, feminine noun (Strong’s 8424). There are numerous Hebrew words expressing the idea of grief. The three most prominent being: Atzav, the action to grieve; Ka’as, the physical reaction from grief, such vexation or provocation; and Tugah, grief as a result of torment. Root: atzav (עצב),… Continue reading Atzav/Ka’as/Tugah: Good GRIEF!
Today is Father's Day and my Dad has always encouraged me to be a seeker of knowledge... first in medieval history, then genealogy, and now Biblical languages and history. Knowledge opens up the whole world for exploration. This week my oldest daughter, Grace, graduates from High School. In her pursuit of knowledge she will be… Continue reading Revisiting DA’AT/YADA (Knowledge)
WORLD: tevel. Feminine noun. (Strong’s 8398). Root: תבל Sounds like: tey-veyl The world is a complicated place. We are all inhabitants of it and we are all fellow-citizens in it, yet we seem to do our very best to ruin it. Doomsayers tell us that the world is set for destruction and although many stand… Continue reading Tevel: Saving the WORLD
Today is D-day. My Dad taught me to have the greatest respect for this day. It was the largest sea-born invasion in all of history. Seventy-seven years ago today (6 June 1944) the Canadian troops landed on Juno Beach and successfully secured the Normandy coast for the Allies... but not without heavy and devastating casualties.… Continue reading Revisiting Zakar (Remember)
TURN BACK/RETURN/RESTORE/REPENT: Shuv. Verb. (Strong’s 7725). Root: שוב Sounds like: shewv YHWH made a lot of strong statements in the Tanakh, but arguably none so powerful as this one: Isaiah 43:10b-13 “Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after Me. I, only I, am YHWH, and there is no Saviour… Continue reading Shuv: Return, Restore, TURN BACK…
Today marks the celebration of Pentecost according to Christian calendars. It is a day that memorializes the ushering of the Holy Spirit to all followers of YHWH (Acts 2:1-4). The New Testament Greek word Pentecost matches up with the Old Testament Hebrew Feast of Shavuot (which we discussed last week), but due to the differences… Continue reading Revisiting RUAKH (Spirit, Breath, Wind)
WEEKS: Shavuot. Masculine Noun. (Strong's 7620). Root: שבע Sounds like: Sha-voo-owt Shavuot begins tonight at sundown. It is a Jewish/Messianic festival that commemorates the first fruits of the harvest and it is traditionally celebrated by eating cheesecake… among other dairy and sweet treats. I love cheesecake!... and any chance to celebrate with a slice sounds… Continue reading Shavuot: A Time of Seven (WEEKS)