Shevat: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Shevat. Create or update your altar with symbols of Shevat.  Bring in pinecones, tree branches, buds, saplings, feathers, water vessels, stars; river rocks (for Shabbat Shirah). Celebrate Shabbat Shirah, when we read the story of the parting of the Red Sea, by…

Candles: Symbol of Tevet

Tevet, the Jewish month that falls during December and January, is a tough month to pick an object or spiritual practice to be its symbol.  Hanukkah does fall during Tevet, but only first couple of days.  The only other holiday is Asara b’Tevet, which is a minor fast.  When you look at the themes surrounding…

Dan: Tribe of Tevet

How do we know the difference between good and bad judgment?  How do we know the choices we make are the right ones?  What do we allow to influence us?  What we do allow to blur our vision?  What do we use to clear our eyes, our hearts, and our minds to turn back to…

Tevet: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Tevet. Creativity to Reconnect: this is the season of creative expression.  In theory, it should reconnect us to the Divine.  We bake. We decorate. We shop. We wrap.  Take the time to let your creativity reconnect you to the Divine. Celebrate Chag…

Benjamin: Tribe of Kislev

Kislev (כִּסְלֵו) is called the month of dreams because nine of the ten dreams explicitly mentioned in the Torah occur in the Torah portions of Kislev (Inner.org), which explains why Kohenet associates Kislev with the Baalot Ov (בַּעֲלַת-אוֹב)– but what does that have to do with Benjamin?   Benjamin is the last son of Jacob and the only full brother…

Hanukkiah: Symbol of Kislev

In thinking about Kislev, I went right to the dreidel and the Hanukkiah.  I decided that if I had to pick one, it’s the Hanukkiah (but I may explore the other dreidels later in the month!)  The Hanukkiah is the nine-branched menorah that we light on Hanukkah.  Even though we generally just call it a…

Adar / אֲדָר‎

Moon of Revealing (February/March)Be perceptive to the things that may be hidden from plain sight and reveal things in their right time. Want to share this page? Use short link: https://bit.ly/devotaj-adar Basics Linear Month: 6 Torah Month: 12 Season: Spring Holidays:  Purim Offerings1: Hamentaschen, Poppy Seeds, and Myrhh   “As myrrh (mor) is the foremost of spices…

Naphtali: Tribe of Adar II

Naphtali is the second son of Jacob and Bilah, a handmaiden of Rachel. His name, as relayed in Genesis 30:8 means, “ And Rachel said: ‘With mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and have prevailed.’ And she called his name Naphtali.”  When I read this, I immediately went to check and see if this was the…

Kislev: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Kislev. Learn about Jewish Magick to honor them the Baalot Ov path of the Shekhinah this month. Learn about the many faces and layers to Hanukkah. Look beyond the simple stories of your youth and challenge yourself to hold opposing ideas in…

Asher: Tribe of Shevat

Asher was the eighth son of Jacob through Leah’s handmaid, Zilpah.  According to the Torah, midrash and rabbinical tradition Asher is a symbol of happiness.  There seems to be fairly strong consensus on this.   From his naming (Genesis 30:13) to his final blessing from Yisrael (Genesis 49:20) – Asher was blessed with happiness. “And Leah…