Moving Day! Follow Me at The Wild Pomegranate Tree

Dear Chaverim (Friends), I’ve imported all my content from this blog to The Wild Pomegranate Tree. It simplifies things and makes it easier all around for you and me. Added bonus, I will be reunited with my beloved pomegranate tree symbolism and imagery. Feels like home there. I missed it. I will be putting this …

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Ki Tisa: When You Elevate

Parashat Ki Tisa 5783 / פָּרָשַׁת כִּי תִשָּׂא 11 March 2023 / 18 Adar 5783 The 21st weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle Exodus 30:11-34:35; Numbers 19:1-22 Picture it. The 1st of Elul on the Sinai Peninsula, approximately 1,312 BCE. We'll begin our story at the point where Moses descends Mt Sinai with the tablets given to him by …

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Torah Portion Tetzaveh: The Eternal Light

Parashat (Parsha)Tetzaveh / פָּרָשַׁת תְּצַוֶּה 20th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading. 4 March 2023 / 11 Adar 5783 Exodus 27:20-30:10 Ner Tamid hanging over Ark Tetzaveh: “You shall instruct.” Tetzaveh derives from the same root as mitzvah — a Divine responsibility and “connection” with Divinity. In Parsha (Torah Portion) Tetzaveh, the Eternal Presence …

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Tracing the Ethnic Genealogy of the Israelites: A Mixed Tribe

Some of the words smushed together in the reblog, but appear properly in the original post. 😊

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Noah, Shem and Moses

Noah lived his life in Shurrupak, inancientSumeria, in the southern region of Mesopotamia. The society of Sumer was located in what is now the southernmost region of modern-day Iraq and Kuwait. The name is Akkadian and means “land of the civilized kings.” TheSumerianscalled themselves “the black headed people.” (World History)

In the Book of Genesis, Sumer is known as Shinar.

Ham, in the Book of Genesis, was thesecondsonofNoahand the father of Cush, Mizraim, Phut and Canaan. Nimrod, mentioned in GenesisandChronicles, is “the son ofCush” (also spelled Kush) and the great-grandson ofNoah. The Kingdom of Kush (Black History month UK), located along theNileregion, is entwined with thehistory of ancient Egypt. In early Greek geography, the kingdom was known as Ethiopia.

The Kushites were known for their expertise in agriculture, archery and metalworking.

Moses descended from Noah’s son, Shem. Moses was an indigenous person…

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A Yiddish Folktale/Fairy Tale

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Once upon a time a man of learning and wealth sent a messenger to his only son, Hanina, asking him to come to him. When Hanina arrived after a three day journey, he found both of his parents overcome by a serious illness.

“Know that we are about to die, my son. Grieve not, for it has been so ordained. We have been companions through life and we are to be privileged to leave this world together. You will mourn for us the customary seven days, ending on the eve of Passover. On that day go forth into the market place and purchase the first thing offered to thee, no matter what it is, or what the cost may be. It will in due course bring thee good fortune. Hear my words, my son, and all will be well.”

Hanina vowed to honor his father’s strange wishes as his parents…

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The Temple, The Rabbi, and the Stone

In this Jewish narrative, Rabbi Hanina ben Dosa חנינא בן דוסא ‎(first century Jewish scholar) watched as the people traveled near and far to bring precious gifts and offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. Rabbi Hanina longed to join them, but he was very poor and felt he had nothing of value to give. Feeling bad, …

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The Shema and Oneness: Diving Into The Innermost Meaning of This Pivotal Jewish Prayer

The Shema is the cornerstone of Jewish prayer. When we say The Shema, we must clearly enunciate it and say it so that we can hear ourselves saying it. The central word in The Shema is Echad (One). The first line of The Shema is "Hear O Israel the Lord our God, the Lord is …

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Self-Care and Soul-Consciousness In Judaism

There are four aspects of self-care in Judaism and five levels of soul consciousness. Four Aspects of Self-Care: Shmirat haguf — guarding/protecting your body. Shmirat hanefesh — guarding/protecting your soul. Tikkun haguf — bodily repair. Tikkun neshama — soul-repair and self-correction. Cultivating healthy and rewarding relationships is one way that we protect and guard our …

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He Got By With A Little Help From His Friends

Moses had a tough time of it in Exodus, but he does have friends and allies. Joshua, Hur and his brother Aaron all helped Moses in the wilderness, although Aaron had a few slip ups, once when he was gossiping about Moses and his wife with their sister Miriam and once with the notorious Golden …

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