Untriumphantly: Who Doesn’t Love a Baby?

This last week of Advent is the week of Love! Awake! Awake, Tziyon!Clothe yourself with your strength!Dress in your splendid garments,Yerushalayim, the holy city!For the uncircumcised and the uncleanwill enter you no more.Shake off the dust! Arise!Be enthroned, Yerushalayim!Loosen the chains on your neck,captive daughter of Tziyon!For thus says Adonai:“You were sold for nothing,and you will …

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 …