Av | Ometz Lev (אמץ לב) Courage

Welcome to Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, where we explore the soul-traits through the wheel of the year and the Netivot from Kohenet teachings. In Av, we turn to the soul-trait of Ometz Lev (אמץ לב) Courage and the Wise Woman.

Tammuz | B’lev Shalem (בלב שלם) Wholehearted

Welcome to Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, where we explore the soul-traits through the wheel of the year and the Kohenet Netivot. In Iyyar, we turn to the soul-trait of Emet (אמת) Truth and the Neviah – Prophtess.

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…

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…

Av: Tarot Card/ Strength

It’s very interesting to me that the months of Av and Elul, I have in previous years assigned different cards and/or Netivot.  In theory, I’ve been using the same system for several years — but for some reason these months were reassigned. I don’t think there is any one system, so I could simply make…

Eyes: Symbol of Tammuz

Tammuz is another one of those months with no holidays, except for a minor fast, and no real practices associated with it.  At least not any I’ve found.  This makes a lot of sense when you think of the Jewish wheel of the year in relationship to agrarian cycles.  The summer months are when there…

Milk: Symbol of Sivan

It’s traditional to eat dairy on Shavuot, which begins the first week of Sivan.  So let’s explore dairy for the month of Sivan. Let’s start with the separation of milk and meat in the Torah.  What it actually says is “don’t boil a kid in its mother’s milk” (לֹא-תְבַשֵּׁל גְּדִי, בַּחֲלֵב אִמּוֹ). This prohibition is…