Tevet: Tarot Card: Devil

Tevet is a month of seeking clarity in darkness.  Tevet is the month our vices have the most opportunity to enslave us. Tevet is the crucible.  Without this difficult month the promise of Kislev’s rainbow can never be realized as the star of Shevat. Anything we did in Kislev that we shouldn’t have, will rear…

Shevat: Tarot Card: Star

Shevat (שְׁבָט) is a breath of fresh air.  We may have a way to go, but we can see the light at the end tunnel.  We are released from the bonds of Tevet (טֵבֵת) and get our first promise of the spring to come with the holiday of Tu b’Shevat (ט״ו בשבט‎) and feed the…

Kislev – A Study in Opposites

This is the season of Fire within Water, according to Rabbi Jill Hammer in the The Jewish Book of Days .  The fire of the season is easy to see with the lighting of Hanukkah candles and in the way our Christian neighbors light up the nights with decorative lights.  The water, for many of us, appears…

Kislev: Spiritual Alchemy

There is so much we could say about Kislev, but I think the spiritual focus is an important one to focus on this year. Within this system I’ve been developing this season is the one where we naturally focus on our connections to the Divine through creative expression. For me, fire (אֵשׁ) represents the element of personal…

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.

Cattle: Symbol of Elul

Elul is a month of preparation for Rosh Hashanah — at least in modern Judaism.  It’s interesting then, that the first of Elul is the “New Year of Cattle.”  In ancient Israel it’s the time when the cattle were counted and tithed.  Cows are mentioned from time-to-time in the Tanakh and other scripture — think about…

Elul: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Elul. Consider the Hermit card of the tarot and the message of Elul.  What private journeys must you take before you are ready for the new year?  What truths must you seek out?  What hidden things must you illuminate? Connect to the…

Elul: Tarot Card: Hermit

In Av we explored the meaning of Strength.  Now in Elul, we must find the strength to Journey alone.  Elul is a month of private reflection and inward turning.  We turn inward, so we are ready to stand in-front of our community at the Days of Awe and state our case to be written and…