Nisan: Simcha (סמחה) Joy| Na’arah

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NOTE: Nisan is incomplete due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which was in the early days at this time in 5780/2020. The intent is to update this and fill in any gaps, for 5781/2021

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New to Mussar or the Kesharim K’doshim approach? Read the intro first.


TEACHING

Simcha (סמחה) Joy by Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet

Nisan is one of the Four Jewish New Years. It is the New Year of Kings. I call it the Moon of Speaking — because it is the month of Passover, where pretty much all Jews speak out against slavery and oppression through the ritual of Passover. ⁠

It’s the month where we claim our own sovereignty, and historically the month that any king’s reign was counted as beginning or continuing.⁠ ⁠

It’s also the month where we work with the soul trait of Simcha (שמחה) Joy, in the Kesharim K’doshim approach to Mussar that aligns the wheel of the year with the Wheel of the Year and the Netivot from Kohenet teachings.⁠ ⁠

In 5780, it’s also the beginning of the 3rd week of COVID-19 lock down for many, many, many of us. So I’m both deeply challenged and grateful that Simcha (שמחה) Joy is the soul trait to work on this month.⁠ ⁠ In addition, we’re two weeks from having to decide – are you ready for freedom – and the responsibility that it brings? Because it’s two weeks until Pesach. Every year we have to reclaim our freedom and acknowledge that until all people are free – no one is free.⁠

I don’t know about you — but my Pesach planning conversations are really spiritually and logistically complex this year.⁠


JOURNAL INQUIRIES

At this moment in time…

  • WHAT does Simcha (סמחה) Joy mean to you?
  • HOW do you differentiate between joy and happiness?
  • WHEN are you most aware of joy?
  • WHERE in your body does joy reside? 

NETIVAH MESSAGES

Na'arah | Maiden | Netivot Wisdom Orace
I am the Na’arah (נערה), the Maiden. I bring gifts of new beginnings, fresh eyes, courage, enthusiasm, and courage. I’m not ready to be told: ‘I can’t.’ You may not be able to change the world — but I might. I am the embodiment of focused intention and right action.

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The Na’arah by Rachel Kann

From the book How to Bless the New Moon: The Priestess Paths Cycle and Other Poems for Queens.

Na’arah Hamsa by Kohenet Bekah Starr

Maiden Hamsa by Kohenet Bekah Starr
The moon cycle drips forth new nectar to cary on the spiral of creation. Grapevines support the upholding of the sacred cup of magic and inquiry.

CONNECTION POINTS

Correspondences for Nisan

  • Moon of:  Speaking
  • Mazal: Taleh (טלה) Aries / Ram
  • Tribe: Judah
  • Sense:  Speech
  • Letter: Hei (ה)
  • Color:  Green
  • Guide: Right Foot
  • Netivah: Na’arah (נערה) Maiden
  • Seasonal Element: Earth (עפר) within Air (רוח)

From Sefer Yetzirah, Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, Devotaj Sacred Arts, and Jewish Book of Days

Counterpoints

Holidays in Nisan


PRACTICES

Song by Amy Wachtel

Na’arah Altar by Kohenet Bekah Starr


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CONTRIBUTORS THIS MONTH

Content Weaver

Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet
Kohenet Ketzirah HaMa’agelet, founder of Devotaj Sacred Arts, is a maker and teacher of the sacred arts. In 2009, she received ordination as a Kohenet as well as a Celebrant of Becoming, a spiritual community she co-led in Washington DC from 2002-2012. She is the creatix of Kesharim K’doshim Mussar and the Eht/Aht: a netivot wisdom oracle, as well as author of several haggadot and a collection of poetry, prayers, and midrash. Kohenet Ketzirah is also known for her work crafting fiber art and mixed media amulets, altars, and shiviti.  Learn more about her work and creations at www.devotaj.com, and you can find her regularly on Instagram (@devotaj_arts), and occasionally Facebook/devotaj.arts and Tumblr (devotaj.tumblr.com).

Contributors

Rav Kohenet Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD
Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD, is the Director of Spiritual Education at the Academy for Jewish Religion, and the co-founder of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute.  She is the author of a number of books, including The Jewish Book of Days: A Companion for all Seasons, The Omer Calendar of Biblical Women, The Hebrew Priestess: Ancient and New Visions of Jewish Women’s Spiritual Leadership (with Taya Shere), and The Book of Earth and Other Mysteries

Her forthcoming book is titled Return to the Place: The Magic, Meditation, and Mystery of Sefer Yetzirah.

Rachel Kann
Poet. Performer. Author. Practitioner. Ceremonialist. Seeker, Dancer. Jew. Teacher. Artist.
TEDx Poet Rachel Kann has been featured on Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR and as The Weather on the podcast phenomenon, Welcome to Night Vale. She’s received accolades from the James Kirkwood Fiction Awards, Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Awards, LA Weekly Awards, International Poetry Slam Idol and Write Club Los Angeles. She’s performed from The Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe to Disney Concert Hall with people like Marianne Williamson and DaKAH Hip Hop Orchestra. She teaches poetry through UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, where she is the 2017 Instructor of the Year. Visit her at rachelkann.com.

Kohenet Bekah Starr
I am a Sacred Artist.
In creating visual art & ritual I weave the magical, mystical, often hidden, wisdom of the Hebrew people, and the Divine Feminine, in a way that allows me to be a translator for you. I use embodied artistic practices to assist us in being present to spiritual moments.
www.bekahstarrart.com 

Amy Wachtel (Tzovah)
Keeper of Sacred Time & Space inna Reggae Jewess Musical & Joyful stylee; Night Nurse pon the radio.


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