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…

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.

Av: Rituals and Activities

Some practices and rituals to try out or adapt during the month of Av. Tarot Card Consider the Strength card of the tarot which shows a woman in control of a lion or a woman holding up a pillar.  What does each of these say about the power of the a wise woman?  What does…

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…

Shimon: Tribe of Av

Shimon, also known as Simon and Simeon, is the second son of Jacob and Leah. His name alludes to the word for “hearing” in Hebrew, as Leah said in Genesis 29, “because the LORD hath heard that I am hated, He hath therefore given me this son also.” His story is often one of the wielding…

Av / אָב‎

Moon of Endings and Beginnings (July/August)Av is a month for us to tear down our walls, both physical and emotional, challenge what we believe we need to thrive, and get ready to do the work of beginning again. Want to share this? Use short link: https://bit.ly/devotaj-av Basics Linear Month: 11 Torah Month: 5 Season: Summer Holidays:…