Testimony of Mark Robinson

The pulsating sound of the sirens couldn’t pierce the blackness of my mind. Where had I gone so wrong in my life that I had come to this point? At 22 years of age I should have had the world and its limitless opportunities ahead of me. Life should have been a...

USHPIZIN

Our Word this time is not Hebrew, but rather Aramaic!  It is a very interesting term that is used in the beautiful, joyous holiday of Succot (Succos), or the Feast of Tabernacles!  As many of you know, G-d’s people were in captivity in Babylon for 70 years where...

CHASIDA

CHASIDA – pronouncethe "ch" with the guttural sound from the back of the throat; the "a’s" are short vowels, and the "i" is pronounced as "ee."The accent is on the last syllable; cha-see-DA.  CHASIDA – "STORK." ...

TISHA B’AV

TISHA  B’AV – pronounce “TISHA” with a short “i” and “a,” and with the accent on “TISH.”  Pronounce B’AV with a short “a.”  The “B” in “B’AV” is pronounced...

RAFUAH SHELAIMHAH

RAFUAH  SHELAIMHAH – pronounce "rafuah" with two short "a’s" and a long "u" as in "too."  The accent is on the second syllable.  "Shelaimhah" is pronounced with a short "e", long "a" (as...

CHOMETZ

HaDevri HaIvrit, or The Hebrew Word, is a word that is of utmost importance at this time of year at Pesach, or Passover.  CHOMETZ – pronounce with the guttural "ch," a short "o," and a short "e."  The accent is on the first...

YESHUA

YESHUA – pronounce with a short "e" and long "u" as in "you."  YESHUA – "deliverance," "freedom," "help," "safety," "security," "salvation."  Yeshua comes from the...

CHANUKAH

by Arlene Berg CHANUKAH – pronounce “CHAN-u-kah” with the Hebrew guttural “ch” and the long “u”.  This word is also spelled HANUKAH and approximately 13 other ways, with one or two “n’s” and...

YOM HaSHOAH

by Arlene Berg YOM HaSHOAH – pronounce “YOM” with a long “O.”  “SHOAH” is pronounced with a long “O” as well.  The accent is on the first syllable – “SHO-ah.” YOM HaSHOAH – Hebrew for...

YOM HA-ATZMA’UT

by Arlene Berg YOM  HA-ATZMA’UT – pronounce “YOM” to rhyme with “comb.”  Pronounce “HA” with a short “a.”  In  “ATZMA’UT” the two “A’s” are short, and “UT”...

SHIVAH ASAR be-TAMMUZ

by Arlene Berg SHIVAH  ASAR be-TAMMUZ – pronounce “Shivah Asar” with a short “i” and short “a’s.”  “Tammuz” is pronounced with a short “a” and long “u.”  With the accents, these words...

TISHA B’AV

by Arlene Berg TISHA  B’AV – pronounce “TISHA” with a short “i” and “a,” and with the accent on “TISH.”  Pronounce B’AVwith a short “a.”  The “B” in “B’AV” is...

SELICHOT

by Arlene Berg SELICHOT – pronounce the "seli" as "slee" to rhyme with "me."  The "chot" rhymes with "float," but remember that the "ch" is the Hebrew guttural sound from the back of the throat.  The...

ROSH HaSHANAH

by Arlene Berg ROSH  HaSHANAH – Hebrew for  “HEAD OF THE YEAR” or “NEW YEAR” –  JEWISH NEW YEAR. From sundown Wednesday, September 20, 2017, to sundown on Friday, September 22, 2017 Jewish people worldwide will observe Rosh...

YOM KIPPUR

by Arlene Berg YOM  KIPPUR – pronounce the “o” in “Yom” as a long “o,” to rhyme with “toe.”  “Kippur” is pronounced with a short “i,” and the “ur” rhymes with “or.” ...

TU B’SHEVAT

by Arlene Berg TU  B’SHEVAT – pronounce “Tu” as “too,” and “Shevat” with a short “e” and “a.”  The accent is on the “vat.” TU B’SHEVAT is Hebrew for “the fifteenth of...

CHESED

by Arlene Berg CHESED  –  pronounce with the guttural "ch" and two short "e’s."  The accent is on the first syllable. CHESED  –  Hebrew for "grace, mercy, lovingkindness." Chesed has a much deeper meaning than this,...

PESACH

by Arlene Berg PESACH – pronounce with a short “e” and a short “a.”  The accent is on the first syllable, and the “ch” is guttural, from the back of the throat. PESACH – Hebrew for “to pass over, to pass by, to...

ETZ CHAIM – TREE OF LIFE

by Arlene Berg   ETZ  CHAIM – pronounce “Etz” with a long “a.”  “Chaim” is pronounced with the Hebrew guttural “ch.”  It is pronounced as two syllables, the first containing a long “i” and the second...

ROSH CHODESH

ROSH CHODESH – pronounce "ROSH" with a long "O."  The "CH" is the Hebrew guttural from the back of the throat.  "CHODESH" is pronounced with a long "O" and a short "E," with the accent on the first syllable –...

LAG BA-OMER

This non-Biblical holiday is a minor one, and is one that is observed only by the Orthodox and Chasidim (Ultra-Orthodox). LAG  BA-OMER – pronounce “LAG” as “Log.”  Pronounce “OMER” to rhyme with “roamer.”  ...

DEVAIKUS, DEVEKUT

by Arlene Berg DEVAIKUS,  DEVEKUT – "ATTACHMENT," "THE ACT OF CLEAVING TO GOD," "INTENSE DEVOTION" DEVAIKUS – pronounce the "ai" as a long "a."  The "e" and "u" are both short vowels. ...

SHAVUOT, SHAVUOS

by Arlene Berg SHAVUOT, SHAVUOS — pronounce with a short “a,”  a long “u,”  and a long “o.”  The accent is on the “vu.”   There are two spellings for this word since the last letter in this word, in Hebrew, can be...

SIMCHAT TORAH

by Arlene Berg SIMCHAT  TORAH,  SIMCHAS TORAH “Simchat,” “Simchas” are both pronounced with a short “i” and a short “a”.  The accent is on the first syllable for “Simchas,” and on the second syllable for...

PURIM

by Arlene Berg PURIM – pronounce “pu” to rhyme with “to,” and “rim” to rhyme with “team.”  The emphasis is on the second syllable. PURIM – Hebrew for “lots.”  PUR is the singular word for...

AGMAS NEFESH

This “Hebrew Word” is one that is very, very sobering and quite incomprehensible.  Yet, how we really need to thank and praise God for it and live in the light of it. AGMAS  NEFESH – pronounce “agmas” with short “a’s.” ...

The fruits of Hizbullah’s victory

Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST May. 4, 2007www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1178198606866&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFullUS Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice strikes an eerie resemblance to her predecessor Madeleine Albright these days. Rice’s...