Untriumphantly: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This third week of Advent is the week of Joy! On that day you will say:“I thank you, Adonai,because, although you were angry at me,your anger is now turned away;and you are comforting me.“See! God is my salvation.I am confident and unafraid;for Yah Adonai is my strength and my song,and he has become my salvation!”Then you will joyfully draw …

Untriumphantly: Joy in Simple Things

This third week of Advent is the week of Joy! In the days of Herod, King of Y’hudah, there was a cohen named Z’kharyah who belonged to the Aviyah division. His wife was a descendant of Aharon, and her name was Elisheva. Both of them were righteous before God, observing all the mitzvot and ordinances of Adonai blamelessly. But they had no children, …

Untriumphiantly: Gratefulness

This third week of Advent is the week of Joy! Then Miryam said,“My soul magnifies Adonai;    and my spirit rejoices in God, my Savior,who has taken notice of his servant-girl    in her humble position.For — imagine it! — from now on, all generations will call me blessed!    “The Mighty One has done great things for me!Indeed, his name is holy; and in every generation    he has mercy on …