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

Dimah: Revisiting TEARS

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

Lai’lah: Overcoming the NIGHT

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

Yayin: Revisiting WINE

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!