Kaddish – a prayer from the living

Mourner’s Kaddish is an ancient prayer in Aramaic that never speaks of death. It’s a prayer of celebration of the Divine. These interpretations of Mourners’ Kaddish by Kohenet Ketzirah haMa’agelet endeavors to capture that celebratory aspect as well as engage with death. The first version is from the point of view of the mourners and…

Owls in Jewish Tradition

Want to learn all about Jewish views, teachings, and traditions about owls and how they were used as an anti-Semitic symbol in medieval Europe?

Rue

Jewish sources and resources for the herb Rue/Ruda (Ruta Graveolens) aka Peigam (פיגם) and Herb of Grace.

Cheshvan / חֶשְׁוַן

Moon of Stillness (October/November)The month that invites introspection to allow us to see what we may have forgotten along the way. Basics Linear Month: 2 Torah Month: 8 Season: Autumn Holidays:  None Offerings1: Salt Water, Olive Branches, Red String, Offerings at Crossroads Element2: Ruach (רוּחַ) Air within Aphar (עָפָר) Earth Spiritual Focus3: Communal Resources Netivah: Mekonenet…

Tishrei / תִּשְׁרִי

Moon of Gathering (September/October)It is the month where we gather our families, tribe, ancestors, and final harvest before winter. Basics Linear Month: 1 Torah Month: 7 Season: Autumn Holidays:  Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah Offerings1:: Sweet Foods, Lulav & Etrog, Water Element2: Air (רוּחַ) within Earth (עָפָר) Spiritual Focus3: Community through Resources…

Cheshvan: Still Waters Run Deep

Cheshvan is month, like Elul, with no holidays.  Elul lets us prepare for the flurry of activity that happens with all the holidays of Tishrei, and Cheshvan lets us recover.  The seeds of transformation that were planted during the Days of Awe need time to sprout and take root.  That’s what Cheshvan is all about. …

11 Cheshvan: Yarzheit of Rachel Imeinu

The 11 of Cheshvan, and it is the historical Yahrzteit of Rachel Imeinu (Rachel the Matriarch). This ritual can be used to honor Rachel Imeinu or be adapted to honor any ancestor of blood or spirit. This is intended a simple solitary ritual, which can easily be adapted for a group. If you are interested…

Menasheh: Tribe of Cheshvan

The tribe of Cheshvan is Menasheh (מְנַשֶׁה), the first-born but officially second son of Joseph.  That means the first two months of the spiritual year (Tishrei and Cheshvan) make up the “House of Joseph” in the Jewish Wheel of the Year.  Joseph is generally not counted in the listing of the tribes, because his birthright was passed to his sons…

Red String: Symbol of Cheshvan

There are no holidays in Cheshvan (except Shabbat), so it was harder to decide which object to explore this month.  I thought about exploring Besamin, the spices we use at Havdalah, since according to the Sefer Yetzirah the sense of the month is smell.  I thought about yahrzeit candles because there are many famous yahrzeits celebrated…