Tuesday, January 19, 2021

613 Yen!! (post in progress but posting it anyway as its been in progress since December!! Much love!)

Notice the total, 613 Yen!!!

 there is  the receipt! 

As promised there is a challah in this post, inside the The Blossoming Challah bag!

 (note: still catching-up,  drafted in mid-December, and finally posting now!...and yes, it does contain challah!.. and pomegranates!)

1.  613 Yen!
I had a `convenience store lunch` yesterday! I was on the way to my voice training lesson and often stop at the convenience store there for coffee, and maybe an onigiri (Japanese popular item, rice ball!).  Yesterday when paying at the cash register, the cashier rung up the items.  She asked if I needed a bag, and I said no thank you, I will eat -in here.  She informed me  that there will be a change in price  for eat-in.  I didn`t know that even though I have often sat and had eat-in there!  From how she said it I didn`t understand if it meant the price was going to be less or more.  At first I even thought `less` since we save a bag!  Then she clarified and she said its more! It was just a few yen more, but anyway of course I said ok.  She re-rang up the items and the cash register revealed the three numbers, 

like a jackpot, 

the digits 6-1-3 showed up!!


I got excited at the transaction. As you know 613 is the number of commandments that there are said to be in the Torah!!! As many of you know, from my blog--thank you friends for reading and being on the journey together--- God has been leading me to read and study His Torah since around 4 years ago.

 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 

John 14:15

אם אתם אוהבים אותית הרי שתשמרו את מצוותיה

The 613 on the register like that was one of those moments that we all have, when the God of Heaven, Blessed be He, shines His light on a moment.  I knew He was  bringing attention to it because of the above explanation that the number was re-calculated and that is why it got my attention.   I took the receipt where there again where the numbers that I saw on the screen, and the change (since I gave 1013 yen , ), the change was 400 ( another biblicaly significant number representing a divenely perfect period of time!!)

 Its my 2 yens worth to share this post,  but it amazes me how sometimes the Almighty God reveals Himself even in the  small change.

So this post is a song of Praise! And thanksgiving.


2.  Seeing Pomegranates after that!

The 613 also connects to Pomegranates, so this is a kind of reverse lead in to the post below!! After that day at the convenience store, I started to see pomegranates in all my local supermarkets and fruit stands, and the way I would see them was like God was `sending` them.  As you also may know from my blog over the years, God speaks to me with fruit in seasons.  I am thankful for that day a few years ago when I first stopped to notice the Israeli grapefruit in the supermarket.  

And now when I am finally posting this it is almost Tu B`shevat, the New Year for Trees (more to follow or more HERE!! if I am late again!)

I just am connecting to something we are now reading in the book of Exodus, called Shemot, in Hebrew.  It is significant that  Moses stops to look at the burning bush. It is because he stops and notices and turns around to look, and it is then that God adresses him and gives him his destiny, as well as reveals His name, the great I AM.

In this name He reveals that He is who He is and that He will always be with us in our times of trouble.  This is when He gives Moses the instructions for delivering the people Israel out of Egypt.   I connect all this in my post as the 613 on the screen in the Japanese convenience store and all the fruit.  He asks us to stop and notice and hear what is the purpose and mission we are to carry out.  He plants us in places where we have to see His divinity in the midst of the surroundings.  

 3.  And counting...

 I think that with showing me the receipt He wanted to confirm that day about my calling that He has given to me to teach Torah because after that I kept on seeing pomegranates in the supermarket!...  (see the Pomegranate posts to follow)   It was just after the 613 incident!!!  As our blogging friend Aritha pointed out in the comments of that post, the pomegranate is said to have 613 seeds representing the 613 mitzvot. 

Please see THIS ARTICLE  that she shared for more on the Pomegranate.  As well as feel free to pop in on some of my Pomegranate posts where I also share about the revelations God has showed me over the years in the pomegranate!! The His Israel article is very good as it is all there in one place!!

 4.  Pomegranate Challah and Pomegranate scriptures (to be added, or if I haven`t yet, please share your favorite!!)

I will just end this post with a few of the many beautiful scriptures about Pomegranates in the Tanakh (I just noticed the one below has `400` in it!) !

and the 400 pomegranates for the two lattice works (two rows of pomegranates for each lattice-work to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were upon the top of the pillars).      2 Chronicles 4:13

 Let us go out early to the vineyards, let us see if the vine has budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates have bloomed--there I will give you my love.  Song of Songs 7:12

Blessings and Shalom!




Wednesday, January 6, 2021

AHAVA Intercession for America


You, America, did not choose Me, but I chose you.  I selected you, America, so that you would go and produce fruit and America`s fruit would remain.  Then the Father will give America whatever he/she asks in My Name.                                                                         John 15:16

May America walk in a manner worthy of the LORD.  May America please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.                                                                    Colossians 1:10

May the LORD bless America and enlarge America`s territory.  Let your hand be with America and keep America from harm so that he/she will be free from pain.                                                                  1Chronicles 4:10

May America walk without blame; redeem America, have mercy on America!                                     Psalm 26:11


 Intercession for the nation of America,
From this week’s Prayer sheet in Parsha SHEMOT

Blessings and Shalom,



Sunday, January 3, 2021

Pomegranates and a Blossoming `Chai` Challah of Life!


Amen, amen I tell you, he who believes has eternal life.     I am the bread of life.
John 6:47~48

Today`s challah is a Challah of Life! 

I call it the Blossoming Chai Challah, and you can see it all started HERE

 CHAI is a Hebrew word which means `LIFE` (see header above).

You may have heard it in the famous `toast`,

LE-CHAI-IM, To life!

As I was reading in the last parsashiot of the book of Genesis,  Parasha Vayigash and Parsha Vayechi, I kept seeing that word LIFE!!! Joseph asking `Is my Father still alive`, Jacob asking the same of his son Joseph, and then when the brothers reconcile Joseph tells them it is to `preserve the lives of many` that he was sent to Egypt. And of course, he saved many alive through grain ~~ the `bread` (corn?!)  that he provided for his family and Egypt and all the nations.

And to top it off, the LORD was showing me pomegranates upon pomegranates in the supermarket and fruit stands.  I just had to make the Pomegranate Blossoming Chai Challah !! And kept making them until there were no more pomegranates (and now I found more, so if you would like me to make one for you and you are in Japan, let me know!!).  Every time I open a pomegranate I hear YESHUA`s call to us to be fruitful in Him.  Every time I make a Challah for Shabbat  I taste His goodness and that He is the true Bread of LIFE!  When we drink the cup of redemption with it, we proclaim His LIFE until the day He returns!! 

So without further ado, here is my Blossoming Challah of Life in a Challah-cast upload to share with you!!

I will also include my first Blossoming Chai Challah from last year on this Parsha.  It is exciting how the LORD  shows us new things in His word each time. 

The third is a short upload I did for my brother, lately I have gotten to know some of the care residents he works with at his job, and have been doing mini Challah-casts for them as they are in lockdown and even their Shabbat time is on hold as they quarrantine in their rooms. It is a blessing to share from Japan to NY and  a special way to connect with my brother who I have not seen for a long time with the travel being restricted.

May we say together these words that are said at the end of each book of Torah,  so perfect for strengthening each other! 


Be strong, be strong, and let us strengthen one another!

Hope you might enjoy one or all of the Challah of Life and Pomegranate Challah uploads below courtesy of 

Joannes Challah-cast Channel


Shayndel ♡ 


The recent Blossoming Chai Challah with Pomegranate:

First Chai Challah of life : 
Pomegranate challah for my brother and friends:


Come, my beloved, Let us go into the open;

Let us lodge among the henna shrubs. Let us go

early to the vineyards; Let us see if the vine has

flowered, if its blossoms have opened, If the

pomegranates are in bloom.

There I will give my love to you.                                       Song of Songs 7:12~13





Saturday, January 2, 2021

Chanukah Journal ~~Sevivon Sov, Miracles, Light and Names of God revealed on the dreidel!!

A Great Miracle Happened  THERE

...and the name of the city from that day on shall be "The LORD Is There."  Ezekiel 48:35
סָבִיב, שְׁמֹנָה עָשָׂר אָלֶף; וְשֵׁם-הָעִיר מִיּוֹם, יְהוָה שָׁמָּה


(catching up on posts! and trying out a new font...nice to see you again and a happy new year!)

This year during Chanukah, in additon to wonderful blessed time of sharing on-line  with people from four corners of the globe,  I also had a chance to share several `live` events in my community.  

One was an event called "Hikari and Kiseki", which means, Light and Miracles (in Japanese, 光と奇跡).  It was an outdoor Community Dance event.  The playlist included Chanukah songs, Israeli songs, praise songs, and a last minute on the spot addition of Hava Nagila, a traditional Jewish celebration song.

Another event was a dreidel making workshop at the Onigiri Cafe (decorating above).  

Another Chanukah activity  highlight was that I designed a special set of `Letters on the Dreidel` Flags for Chanukah this year to use in  dance and in worship, where each flag has one letter from the Dreidel on it!

As you know the four letters on the dreidel-- Nun, Gimel , Hey and Shin--- stand for `NES GADOL HAYA SHAM`, ` A great miracle happened there`.  The powerful message of Chanukah!  This year, God shined a new light for me on these Hebrew letters, and in them I saw a new revelation to bring even more light into this Festival of Light ~~ He revealed  four of His names in them!! 


נ Nun stands for Nes, MIRACLE נס  ~~  Name of God revealed in Nes:  ADONAI Nissi, the LORD is my Banner.  Nes means miracle and is also the root word for Nissi, or Banner!, as seen in Exodus 17:15

ג Gimel stands for Gadol, GREAT גדול~~  Name of God revealed in Gadol:  El HaGadol, the LORD is a Great God

ה Hey stands for HAYA, HAPPENED היה~~ Name of God revealed in Haya:   I AM who I AM.  The word Haya is first used in the Torah when God says `Let there be Light` , so this Name of God also reveals the God who speaks everything into existence by His Word !!

ש Shin stands for Sham, THERE שמ~~ Name of God revealed in Sham:   ADONAI Shamah, the LORD is There ,Ezeikel 48:35 (bonus Hebrew insight in this verse, for anyone who wants to take a Hebrew challengs---see Hebrew above at top of post,  this verse also contains the word for `dreidel` in Hebrew!! Can you find it!? A powerful `movement` word with an intriguing line up of scripture)

As we spin the dreidel, as we worship, as we pray, as we move into His feasts and walk in His ways, may we turn the world back to Him!! May we always and continually shine our light, the light of Yeshua, all the days of our lives.  May we re-dedicate ourselves to Him anew in each day.  Giving thanks and all the Glory to God in the name of Yeshua!!

Enjoy one or all of these uploads with a few scenes from the above community events!!!Just a sampling, from  Joanne`s Challah Cast Channel and my new channel, in progress, AHAVA Productions.

Blessings and Love! Shalom upon shalom to you!






סָבִיב, שְׁמֹנָה עָשָׂר אָלֶף; וְשֵׁם-הָעִיר מִיּוֹם, יְהוָה שָׁמָּה







The week before Chanukah in Oita (catching up!!!)

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a scepter of justice is the scepter of Your kingdom.

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.

Therefore, God, your God, anointed you with the oil of gladness above your companions.

Psalm 45:7~8


(note*  I drafted this post the week before Chanukah, but am getting so late to post it in the weeks after!!)

On Chanukah, we commemorate the miracle of light and victory in battle that God gave to the small band of Maccabbees who stood up for the God of Israel and re-dedicated the Temple and thus Jerusalem back to Him!!!

As I read the book of Maccabbees for the first time this year I am amazed that growing up we never read this, but at the same time also amazed how much we know it even from not having read it.  All Jewish people know the story of Chanukah, but like me I think many have never read it, as its not part of the inspired and revealed books in the Tanakh or in the Bible.

 I have always known about the Greek`s desecration of the temple and the altar, but to read about it  brings it alive, as well as it seems to come so close to the world we are in today, where so much of our `culture` has sought to desecrate the Godly and bring desecration to the pure oil of God`s Torah.

Chanukah is a joyous time of 8 days of celebrating the victory that God gave to the Jewish people led by Judah Macabbee,  and of course the miracle of the oil that supernaturally burned for 8 days.   The light of Yeshua is revealed and I will even say released, in the Feasts of the LORD.  This year may His light be revealed as we light the candles and may the Jewish people know their Messiah and be given power from on high to walk into the Messianic Truth that our LORD Yeshua is the long awaited Messiah.  May His oil of gladness pour forth and blessings on Israel and the nations!!!

 Blessings and Shalom in 2021!  Nice to see you again!!

Catching up for a few more posts! Trying out a new font!



Monday, November 30, 2020

Blossoming Menorah Challah

Hi Friends, I hope you are all well.  Without planning it, I have taken a little unofficial blog break. 

 Sorry for my absence for a little while.  I am hoping to be back soon officially and just popping in to say HI and send love and show you my Blossoming Menorah Challah that I made this past Shabbat for a special `commission`!!!   I hope to be be back again soon with some new words in challah and Chanukah posts and soon!! Meanwhile wishing you all -a light-filled season and much love!!

Blessings and love,  


 Joanne`s Challah-Cast channel!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Lech Lecha and Emunah!


But this I call to mind.  Therefore I have hope.  The kindness of the LORD has not ended, His mercies are not spent.

They are renewed every morning! Ample is your grace!  Lamentations 3:21~23

The steadfast Love of the LORD never ceases.

May we put our faith in the One who is Faithful!!

We are looking at the Parsha Lech Lecha.

The Hebrew word I made in challah in the week of Parsha Lech Lecha (last week`s parsha, I am catching up on the weeks!) is `Emunah` , or, `faith`.   In the Biblical Hebrew concordance, Strongs (#530), it is  defined as firm, steady, steadfast.

Interestingly, the word "Emunah"does not occur until Exodus 17:12, where Moses has to keep his hands raised and steady to win the battle against Amelek. Aaron and Hur hold up his arms until the sun set.

 How much we can learn from this in being steadfast and steady in the battles we face and the battles we fight.  May we hold up each others arms steady in support, in prayer, and in faith.

 Where we see the word `faith` in the Parsha is from the root word of Emunah which is Aman.  Does Aman sound like any word you know!! Yes!  Amen!!

Amen and Amen!!  and Aman and Emunah!

Abraham, our Father in faith, goes forth (LECH LECHA) on the promises he has not yet seen, purely by faith.

 I hope this Challah cast blesses you.  In addition I have a short part I will add about Exodus 17:12 and that revelation! And also will add some of the scriptures and Strong`s Biblical Hebrew references.   But meanwhile, maybe there is someone out there who would be blessed by this message today, so I am posting this post `in progress`before going to sleep tonight!! 

Blessings and Shavu`a tov.  Love, Shayndel

Amen, Amen I tell you.   Before Abraham was, I am.

John 8:58

Joanne`s Challah-Cast channel!

note:  video updated 12/12/2020


Biblical Hebrew Notes,  Strongs Hebrews First occurrences for Emunah, Aman, Amen

Strongs # 530
Definition:  firmness, steadfastness, fidelity
First occurrence: Exodus 17:12
Moses` hands grew heavy, so they took a stone, put it under him, and he sat down.  Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side.  So his hands were steady until the sun went down.

Strongs #539
Definition:  to confirm, support
First occurrence:  Genesis 15:6
And because he put his trust in the LORD, He reckoned it to him as righteousness.

Strongs #540
Definition:  to trust
First occurence: Daniel 2:45
Now the dream is certain, and its interpretation is trustworthy.

Strongs #543
Definition:  Verily, Truly
First occurrence: Numbers 5:22
The woman is to say `Amen, amen!`

To friends interested in Biblical Hebrew, For a related upload about the word Emunah in Challah, enjoy this link to a Biblical Hebrew class at Tav TEACH where I am given the opportunity to teach a short segment on the Challah Alef-bet,!! You can find it HERE!  

As well as other teachings on Biblical Hebrew words!!

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Noah and Menuchah!

 Come to me... and I will give you rest!
Matthew 11:28

In this Challah-cast we look again at Parsha Noah.  Do you know what Noah means?

A hint is in the above scripture!!

Come along and learn some new Hebrew words in challah as we enter into one more exciting Challah-cast with new discoveries in Parsha Noah before going forth into this week`s Parsha, Lech Lecha!! 

Blessings and Shabbat Shalom !!! (another hint!!)



Joanne`s Challah-Cast channel!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Lovingkindness Everlasting!!! and Parsha Noah!


In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment,

but with everlasting kindness 

I will have compassion on you, says ADONAI your Redeemer.     Isaiah 54:8 from this week`s Haftarah in the Parsha Noah

 I am sharing this recent Challah-cast which is a continuation of looking at Hebrew words in Challah!!

This upload we are looking at the words that express the Everlasting Kindness of God, as we see in the Haftarah portion in this week`s Parsha Noah.  In Hebrew it is the words `Chesed` and `Olam` together.  

The more we cycle around on the Torah the more God`s Everlasting Kindness comes alive through His word and it is a special time spent with Him to look anew into the readings in each week.  Hope you enjoy this week`s study!

Please SHARE !!!  CHESED OLAM!! May we release more of God`s Lovingkindness into the world by speaking of His Lovingkindness and by partnering with Him by the words that we speak ...and write... and form in challah (or whatever your form of creative worship expression)!!! He created the world with His word.

Blessings and Shalom! Shavu`a Tov!! Have a blessed week!



Joanne`s Challah-Cast channel!

Shabbat Menucha and Noah and Rest in Yeshua --post in progress , Shabbat Shalom!!

Shabbat Menucha and Noah and Rest in Yeshua --post in progress , Shabbat Shalom!!

Sorry friends I temporarily took down the post and am re-constructing it!!  Just wanted to let you know if you come back and see its not here!!  Stay tuned for the updated post(s) on Parsha Noach!!

Blessings and Shabbat Shalom!!

I am also including here an early Challah -Cast, one of my first, from the beginning of the cycle in last year.  Amazingly its already a full year plus since I started the Challah-casts so I am already on a second year of looking at the parsha Noah through the media of `Challah-cast!!`. The one I did last year  is a kind of wild an funky ride Challah-cast as I was just getting into the swing of doing them.  This one was done on a weekend trip with my brother when we were on the way to a family wedding.  Weddings and Noah?! Anyone seeing a connection?!!

Some of the things I learned from doing it, and some of the connections in the scriptures, helped to bring me forward to the new revelations that God showed me in this year, which I will share to follow. Meanwhile, if you would like to see this early Challah-cast on Parsha Noah, please enjoy it for your viewing pleasure and hope there might be some new insights in it for you too, or share any of yours please!!!

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Have a blessed day in God`s rest.



Joanne`s Challah-Cast channel! 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Good and Light

 Taste and see how good the LORD is;

happy the man who takes refuge in Him!

Psalm 34:9

טַעֲמוּ וּרְאוּ, כִּי-טוֹב יְהוָה;    אַשְׁרֵי הַגֶּבֶר, יֶחֱסֶה-בּוֹ

Something new is happening from making the Hebrew letters in challah.  I am drawing nearer to God through them.  When I recently made the word `chesed` (in challah! post to follow!) , which means lovingkindness, as soon as I picked up the `chet` ח (the first letter of `chesed` חסד) , I realized this is a letter to handle with care.  This is a word that is the signature of God`s attributes.

The Hebrew words in challah in this post`s upload are `good` and `light`.  

Good=  טוב  = TOV            Light =   אור  = OHR

I haven`t done an upload yet about `chesed`, (lovingkindness), but I just had that realization about the letters. His goodness and lovingkindness will pursue us all the days of our lives...

The word there too in Psalm 23 is `Tov`, the same `good` that He proclaimed when He made the world and said each thing that was `Good`...the world He made `Good` is the `good` or `Tov` that is His attribute. 

More than food for thought, we actually taste and see how good---Tov---  the LORD is!!

Enjoy! This is a light hearted upload with a story about the first words God said, Let there be ...Light!! אור

Have a good day and let your light shine and give glory to our Father in Heaven!! Much love, Shabbat Shalom! Shayndel ,d.u.a. (doing uploads as) 

Joanne`s Challah-Cast channel!


Saturday, October 17, 2020

A new beginning

`Ohr Ha-Olam`, Light of the World

Scrolling back to the beginning!

   בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ

God is faithful.  He meets us where we are.

Who would have thought, on this year when I couldn`t return home to travel to see my family in the U.S. or even to visit my daughter here in Japan,  and was feeling a sense of sadness before the holidays, not really being able to imagine being on my own to celebrate the Feasts of Simcha... and yet, and yet God... and God!!! Yes, He sees our heart and he assured me with His banner of Love and with the words that said  "You will rejoice in your festival and your joy will be complete." He sent me that word, literally, as you have seen in the posts below, on the banner that came in the box with the tent poles and sh`cach.

And after all,  it turned out to be a  a wonderful season of the Feasts--- the tent from Abraham, the challah casts with all you, and rejoicing and celebrating with new ministries that the LORD has opened the doors to in Asia and Australia....dwelling in the succah...all things new...and now we come out of the `succah`, we are ready to start again from the beginning!!

Enjoy this short upload, Scrolling back the Torah scroll to the 
בְּרֵאשִׁית, בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים, אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם, וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ 
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 
Genesis 1:1 
Invitation to new beginnings! 
If you haven`t read on the Torah cycle and you have had it in your heart to start, there is no better time then now, as today, this very day we are starting again in the book of Genesis!!!
Here is a list of Torah readings and related readings for the year 2020~2021, beginning today in Bereshit, Genesis:
And if you haven`t said yes to Messiah Yeshua,  I would like to share a prayer that would bring you into a new beginning in Messiah Yeshua!! He is the Torah made flesh!!! I pray at this new beginning of the Torah cycle, oh LORD, that there will be many people who will recognize the need for You in our lives.  That You are our Salvation!!!
Dear LORD Yeshua,
I invite you into my heart.
I receive you as my Saviour.  I want to start a new beginning with you.
I ask you to Be my Saviour and the LORD of my Life!

May this be the best beginning ever for us all!!
Much Love,


Joanne`s Challah-Cast channel!

 PS the word in challah at the header is `OHR` which means LIGHT!! As in Let there be LIGHT!  As in Genesi 1:3, and in the photo above you can see it in `Light of the World`, as in John 8:12!!



Thursday, October 8, 2020

Succot Welcome! Parts 1 &2!!! Welcome!!

 HI friends! Chag Sameach Sukkot! Happy Succot! Hello from the succah ! Sharing a few stories from the week in the succah. Hope you are having an amazing week of dwelling in His presence, and tabernacling with HIm!!! I may come back and add a few photos and scriptures to the post, but meanwhile wanted to invite you to come in to the succa and share a few stories and praise while it is still Sukkot!!! And if we don`t get the typhoon too strong and if I can be in the succa tomorrow, I will invite you again for  succot communion with the Hebrew letters challah that you will see in this upload!! I welcome your prayers that the typhoon will change course and we can keep the succah up till the end of the feast!!!  Enjoy!!  This is part 2!! Part 1 can be seen HERE!

Joanne`s Challah-Cast channel!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Succah, Succot, Mitzvah, Mitzvot!




 You are to live in sukkot for seven days.  All the native-born in Israel are to live in sukkot, so that your generations may know that I had Bnei-Yisrael to dwell in sukkot when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.  I am ADONAI your God.      

Leviticus 23:42 


Happy Sukkot!

Please join me for a few more days and have some challah (Hebrew letters challah spelling Succah!)  and visit  in the Succa!  So much I want to write but for now just sharing a few views from the balcony succa!

Much love and blessings,


Joanne`s Challah-Cast channel!

Hebrew lesson in Challah:

Succah Challah

Succot Challah

Succot is the plural of Succah !

Mitzvah Challah

Mitzvot Challah

Mitzvot is the plural of Mitzvah!