A More Magickal Passover

There are so many amazing things you can do to add a little more magick to your Passover Seder.  Considering that so much of the Seder is about creating a sense of wonder to engage your body, mind, and spirit.  It’s intended to be experiential.   Here are a few ideas to bring a little…

Cedar (ארז)

Jewish sources and resources for cedar called erez (ארז) also sometimes gopher (גפר) in Hebrew.

Tekufah Tevet: The Winter Solstice

While observance of the solstices and equinoxes may not taught in Hebrew school, there is a long tradition of observing these moments drawn from the talmud. In Hebrew a solstice or equinox is called tekufah (תקופה) or plural tekufot (תקופות). The word means to cycle or turning. The solstice is an astronomical event but in…

Murry & Lanman Florida Water

Let’s talk about the history of Florida Water, a two hundred year old product with deep connections to African American hoodoo practice, Caribbean and South American communities and also used by many others, but that seems to have started as a simple cologne (or did it?). Read on and explore the bibliography at the end….

Minshar Cholem: Dream Decree

This is a practice for Elul and High Holy Days, but can also be utilized for the secular new year or any of Judaism’s four New Years. During the Elul and the High Holy days we tend to hear over and over that three things can “avert the harsh decree: prayer, repentance and tzedaka.”   But…

Elul: Hineni (הנני) Presence

Welcome to Kesharim K’doshim Mussar, where we explore the soul-traits through the wheel of the year and the Kohenet Netivot. In Adar, we turn to the soul-trait of Zehirut (זהירות) Illuminated Awareness and the Leitzanit (Sacred Fool).

Where do we Find the Strength to Heal?

What happens when the worlds seems to crumble?  How are we able to carry on after total disaster?  These are questions that Jews have had to ask far to many times in our history. In some ways it has transformed the tribe into permanent victims, but it has also made us the ultimate survivors.  The…

Rethinking Tisha B’Av

There is a holiday in the month of Av (July/August) called Tisha B’Av. It’s traditionally a holiday of mourning because pretty much everything bad that’s ever happened to us as a people happened on that day. I’m actually all for a collective day of mourning. I think there can be a lot of power in that, but…