To ISOLATE, to QUARANTINE, to SHUT, to CLOSE: Sagar. Verb. (Strong’s 5462). Root: סגר Sounds like: sag (rhymes with tag) -are, sag’are Is there any word more reflective of today’s climate, than sagar, meaning, to shut, to close, to quarantine, to isolate? We’re all going through it.  Between working from home, winter storms, and required… Continue reading SAGAR: To ISOLATE, QUARANTINE, CLOSE, SHUT


SANCTUARY/SACRED PLACE: Miqdash. Masculine Noun. (Strong's 4720). From the root qodesh, meaning "holy". Original lettering: מקדש Sounds like: mik-dawsh  When I think of the word sanctuary my mind immediately takes me to my favourite novel: Victor Hugo’s “Notre Dame de Paris”, published in 1831. In the book the anti-hero, Quasimodo, loved the gypsy Esmerelda. When… Continue reading Miqdash: SANCTUARY!

Amad: STAND Up!

STAND/STOOD: Amad (Strong’s 5975). (See also: yatsav/nitsav, meaning to take a stand (Strong’s 3320, 5324)). Root: עמד Sounds like: a’mawd/ oh’med In Hebrew this word can also mean to stop, settle, fix, appoint, confirm, establish, endure… it’s the idea that these things stand firm. All Creation Stands in the Presence of YHWH From the beginning,… Continue reading Amad: STAND Up!

Revisiting STARS: Kokavim

I love looking at the stars. My Dad had a telescope when I was a child and I was fascinated by the heavens… all those little shining lights had a story and I wanted to know all of them. There's something very beautiful about a clear night sky. It's like ancient light whispering to us… Continue reading Revisiting STARS: Kokavim

Q’tseh ha-arets/Afsey arets: the ENDS of the EARTH

The ENDS of the EARTH: Q'tseh ha-arets & Af’se arets Occasionally we look at a phrase instead of a word. Today is one of those days. The ends of the earth was a common phrase that wove its way through the Bible, from Old to New Testament. In fact, it was a key element to the… Continue reading Q’tseh ha-arets/Afsey arets: the ENDS of the EARTH

Revisiting BETHLEHEM: O Little Town

Many people, at this time of year, rightly associate Bethlehem with the birth of baby Yeshua (Jesus). Although this was an epic event, the story of Bethlehem goes much further back in time. A few years ago we looked at the Biblical footprint of the Hebrew word Bethlehem (which literally means House (bet) of Bread… Continue reading Revisiting BETHLEHEM: O Little Town

Miqqedem: FROM OLD, From Long Ago

FROM BEFORE/FROM OLD/FROM LONG AGO/OF THE EAST: qedem /miqqedem (Strong’s 6924, 6925, 6927). Root: מקדם / קדם Sounds like: k-dem / mee-k'dem Many in the world celebrate the birth of the Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus) in the month of December. For many Christians this is the second week in Advent, the week of Peace, and the… Continue reading Miqqedem: FROM OLD, From Long Ago

Revisiting Hanukkah: DEDICATION

Tonight at sunset marks the beginning of Hanukkah/Chanukkah for this year. It's a festival of remembrance, with sparkling lights and greasy sweet food! So grab yourself a jelly donut and let's dive into the Hebrew and Aramaic word Hanukkah, which means dedication. Hanukkah, in the Tanakh (Old Testament), was the dedication of sacred space. For years… Continue reading Revisiting Hanukkah: DEDICATION

Shemen, Khelev, Bari: On the FAT Track

FAT: shaman (Strong's 8080); khelev (Strong’s 2459); bari (Strong's 1277) Root: בריא / חלב / שמן Sounds like: shah'man; kheh'lev; ba'ree Fat is a complicated word. It is necessary for human existence, and yet it appears to be steeped in negative connotations. Fat discrimination has been an issue for decades, but historically being fat was… Continue reading Shemen, Khelev, Bari: On the FAT Track

Palat: DELIVERANCE, Escape, Rescue

DELIVERANCE/ESCAPE/RESCUE: palat/falat (6403, 6405, 6412, 6413). Root: פלט Sounds like: pah'laht/ fah'laht If we break down the Bible to its simplest elements, it’s all about a great rescue... a deliverance from evil and death. There was a constant call for rescue from the wicked of the earth: Psalm 82:4 Rescue [fal’tu] the weak and needy;… Continue reading Palat: DELIVERANCE, Escape, Rescue