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
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
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!
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
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
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
Every week I love sharing a Hebrew word with you. This week I have no words. Kevin, my husband of 23 years, passed away on Friday September 10th, at the age of 50. Things happen in an instant. Life changes in a moment. But as the writer of the book of Hebrews announced, Jesus the… Continue reading No Words
At sunset on Wednesday begins Yom Kippur... the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar. Yom means "day" and Kippur means "atonement"... although it can also be read as ransom or covering. It is the day to ask for atonement, for all that needs forgiving over the past year. *** Although there are a lot… Continue reading Revisiting Kippur: ATONEMENT
CAKE: Ugah. Feminine noun. (Strong’s 5692). The most generic Hebrew word for cake/loaf was ugah, but there was also many specific cakes mentioned, including: Raisin cake (A’shishah: Strong’s 809); Fig cake (D’velah: Strong’s 1690); Offering cake (Khallah: Strong’s 2471); and Pagan cake (Kavvan: Strong's 3561). Root: עגה Sounds like: oo-gah Today is bitter-sweet for me.… Continue reading Ugah: Let them eat CAKE!