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…

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…

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…

Kislev / כִּסְלֵו

Moon of Dreaming (November/December)As the nights grow longer, we read many Torah portions about dreams and dreaming. In these long nights, take the time to dream and re-ignite your creativity. Basics Linear Month: 3 Torah Month: 9 Season: Autumn to Winter Holidays:  Hanukkah, Solstice Offerings1: Combinations of Fire and Water or other opposites, Braided Candles Element2:…

Kislev: Yirah (יראה) Awestruck

Explore the month of Kislev through the mussar soul-trait of Yirah (יראה) Awestruck and the Baalat Ov (בעלת אוב) Witch/Shamaness