Iyyar: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Iyyar. It’s said that the flavor of manna was like “wafers made with honey,” (Exodus 16:31) so you can honor this and the double portion of manna provided for the Sabbath by being sure to purchase two challah and dipping your challah…

Issachar: Tribe of Iyyar

Issachar is the tribe associated with the month of Iyyar, which generally falls between April and May. What does the name Issachar (יִשָּׂשׁכָר) bring to mind?  Anything? Do any famous stories from the Torah come to mind?  Probably not, yet Issachar holds a special place in Jewish tradition. Issachar was the 5th son of Jacob and Leah,…

Iyyar: Tarot Card/ Hierophant

The High Priest (Hierophant) is a connection between the manifest world of man (Emperor) and the pure world of Divine fire (Lovers).  This could also be seen as the connection between Assiyah (Earth) and Aztilut (fire).  The Kohen Gadol (High Priest) cannot be lost in the firey love connection with the Divine. His role is…

Nisan: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Nisan. Working with the Na’arah (Maiden) – the Netivah for the Month Make a Maiden’s altar with budding flowers and other items symbolic of the maiden. What have you been afraid to do because of fear?  Invoke the Na’arah (Maiden) and let…

Nisan: Tarot Card/ Emperor

Rosh Chodesh Nisan is the New Year of Kings, so it makes complete sense that the Emperor (קֵיסָר) is the card for the month.

Haggadah: Symbol of Nisan

OMG-D/dess! It’s almost time for Passover! With Nisan upon us, preparations for our annual journey out of Mitzrayim begin in earnest.  Whether you take a traditional or modern approach, believe in G!d(dess) or not — Passover is a holiday pretty much all Jews can connect to.  There are so many things we could explore as…

Judah: Tribe of Nisan

Judah (יְהוּדָה), associated with the month of Nisan (נִיסָן), is the fourth son of Leah and Jacob.  In Judaism the number four, the letter Dalet (ד), represents doorways. There are also four new years in Judaism, and the Nisan is the first — the doorway (הדלת) to the year.  Considering the number of fours found in the…

Adar: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Adar. Rosh Chodesh Meditations for Offerings:  Think about where you were when the last leap year occurred? (If it’s a leap year, if not think back to last year) What foolish things are you holding on to that you can release? What makes…

Hamantaschen: Symbol of Adar

Yes, it’s Adar and I decided to go exactly where  you expected me to this month — Purim and Hamantaschen.  But as opposed to doing a history of the fabled, and delicious, Purim cookie — I’m going to explore some of the mythic and ritual opportunities these humble cookies offer us. If you are unfamiliar…

Dinah: Tribe of Adar I

Adar I (אֲדָר א) is Dinah’s (דִּינָה) month, at least as far as I’m concerned.  Rabbinical tradition equates Naphtali with both Adar I & Adar II in a leap year, but many modern feminists have argued well that the extra month should belong to Jacob’s daughter, the 13th tribe.   To be honest, I’ve really…