Saturday, June 16, 2018

Blossoming Clouds

I just had to stop to watch the blossoming clouds! 

This long challah, I mean, cloud, was even long and rectangular like the rod that blossoms!
The sky reflects the Parsha and that God is always...watching!

and behold, Aaron`s staff, from the house of Levi, had sprouted, blossomed, and produced almonds!  --Numbers 17:8
Friday early afternoon sky.
The clouds were blossoming!
Just like Aaron's rod!
I love the scriptures and the image in this weeks reading of  how Aaron's rod blossoms and bloomed with almonds.
 I spent some time admiring and watching the blossoming sky.  I have heard the expression about chasing clouds before, but this may be the first time I ever really did it!!! Racing on my bicycle to see the clouds over the river, and then once there I just stayed a while.

 I love this word about the rod that blossoms and produced almonds, and also made a blossoming challah (post to follow!) this Shabbat.   The meaning of "almonds" in Hebrew is the from the root word "shaked"  and I learned it can have a double meaning in scripture as it is from the same root as the word that means "watch",* as in God is watching over us.   In the blossoming  sky,  He is there watching, and even reflecting what is in our hearts.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;  
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:5~8

Blessings and Love!
Shabbat Shalom,


*post.note, a correction about my Hebrew discovery... after writing I looked up the word in Hebrew in the Psalm verses quoted above, and actually for `watch` in this case,  it is more like `guard` than `watch`, so it is not the same word as `shaked` in this case.  It`s `shamor`, which is `guard`, or `keep`, a new interesting discovery, as that is the word that we say every week at Shabbat in `Remember` (Exodus 20:8) and `Keep` (shamor, which also means `guard`) the Shabbat (Deuteronomy 5:12)!  So as He lovingly watches/guards over us, and we actually have the loving command to be the ones to  `guard` His commandments.  

 Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.  --Exodus 20:8
Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it    --Deuteronomy 5:12


  1. Beautiful, Shayndel! I have no other words.

  2. What a beautiful post. Those are awesome clouds captures. Have a blessed weekend.

  3. Oh, I have a thing for the clouds, and your photos show their beauty, indeed. The second one looks like Angel wings. Thank you for this verse, Shayndel. It was much needed today.

    Happy Summer days.


  4. 'shaked' is the root of the verb 'work diligently', and as a noun, it means 'almond'.
    Your chasing the clouds on bicycle is quite an experience!