Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Feast of Trumpets (blowing of the shofar)

The Feasts of Trumpets
Today, begins the celebration of The Feast of Trumpets ( or, shofar, the ram's horn.) The Feast of Trumpets is the first Fall feast on God's biblical calendar. We enter this season following "The Long Summer" as indicated on God's time clock following the Spring feasts which Jesus ( Yeshua, His Hebrew name) has already fulfilled. Scroll down on my blog for more information.
  Traditionally celebrated as the Jewish New Year as Rosh HaShanah ("head of the year," in Hebrew) The Feast of Trumpets is essentially a call (the blowing of the ram's horn) to the people of God to gather together as an army of Almighty God!
  There are ten days between The Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur known as The Days of Awe. These are days of repentance before God, and a  time of reconcilliation. It's a time when we, as believers in Yeshua, prepare our hearts to enter into our priestly ministry; repenting of anything that might stand in the way of our relationaship with Holy God so we might stand in the gap, interceeding for the nation of Israel and the Jewish people (and all people) who do not yet know Yeshua as their final atonement.
   In the Jewish tradition, foods such as apples and honey, even honey cake dried fruit and main dishes sweetened with honey are served during this Feast. These foods symbolize the hope that the coming year will be sweet!
  We continue to pray for peace of Jerusalem, knowing there will be true peace only when The Prince of Peace, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus, the Messiah) comes to Jerusalem.
   Until that day, enjoy my recipe for:
Honey Cake
3 eggs
1 1/3  cup honey
1 1/3 cup sugar
1 cup strong coffee
2 tsp. baking powder
3 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. baking soda
4 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan. Beat eggs and honey together. Add sugar and mix thoroughly. Mix coffee with with baking powder, and then add with butter to the egg/sugar mixture. Add baking soda, flour, cinnamon and beat together well. Bake in greased 9x13 pan for 55 minutes.
( Hebrew for "good appetite!") 


Sunday, May 19, 2013

The Feast of Weeks ( Shavuot, or Pentecost) Leviticus 23:16 with Recipe

The Feast of Weeks

(Leviticus 23:16)

WOW! Talk about a Feast! No, I mean, literally "Go... and TALK ABOUT A FEAST!" If you don't know about which biblical Feast to talk, read on and discover how God shows us Jesus, or Yeshua, through The Feast of Weeks, or Shavuot (Shahv-ooh - oat meaning "weeks" in Hebrew.) Then go out and talk about it as we're commanded to do in Mathew 28:19.
Why is this feast called The Feast of "Weeks?" Among other reasons, Shavuot occurs seven weeks after Passover. Biblically, the number 7 is the number of completion ( 8, the number of new beginnings). God created Shavuot as the feast which completes the Spring Feasts. Jesus has fulfilled the Spring Feasts (see Chart in my Feasts of Israel Cookbook.) In the Old Testament (Covenant) Shavuot is the day God gave The Ten Commandments (The Law) to Moses on Mt. Sinai. It is on this same day, in the New Testament, God gave the Holy Spirit ( Ruach haKodesh, in Hebrew) to the early believers ( The Church.) This corresponds with God writing the "Law" first on those tablets of stone through Moses. This foreshadows God, the Holy Spirit writing those commandments on the tablets of "flesh" (hearts and minds) of the early believers. Isn't that very cool of God? He has it together, doesn't He. No question mark at the end of the previous sentence because it's a rhetorical question. 
Through Shavuot, or Pentecost we are filled with the Holy Spirit and Power. We can see ( through the eyes of faith) God has forgiven us of sins (so we can enter into His presence.) After Jesus ascended into Heaven, He graciously sent us a " Helper." The Holy Spirit leads and guides us into all truth. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit to fulfill our destiny in this world.
Historically speaking, The Spring Feasts have already been fulfilled. We're now preparing to enter The Long Summer (The Church Age), a time for gathering souls for The Kingdom of God preparing for The Fall Feast ( beginning with Rosh HaShanah) when Jesus comes back for His Church comprised of Jew and Gentile one-in-Messiah (Ephesians 2:14,15.)
Traditionally, the Jews celebrate this feast with eating foods made with dairy products. There are several legendary stories as to reasons why; one being they stayed so long at Mt. Sinai getting those Ten Commandments their milk curdled which resulted a number of ways to eat dairy products - sour cream and cottage cheese.
To incorporate both of these delicious by-products I offer you a recipe for Barri's Noodle Kugel from our friend, Barri Mallin, founder of MAASAY YAHDAV (in Hebrew, The Work of His Hands.) I highly suggest you check out and contribute to this humanitarian ministry. Enjoy the photographs of Barri's recent trip to Israel.

 The "kugel" which is German for "ball" got it's start among the early Rhineland Jews as a dumpling-like pudding of flour or bread placed on top of their Sabbath (Saturday) stew "cholent" to slowly bake and simer overnight. Over time, the puddings were given their own small pot. Eventually, the term "kugel" came to refer to any baked pudding.
Today's kugels are made with noodles, potatoes, rice, matzah and even vegatables. In the UNited States, the best known of these Jewish pudings is the "lokshen" (Yiddish for "noodle") kugel. Noodle kugels are primarily made of egg noodles (although other pastries can be used) and eggs to bind the pudding toge
Barri's Noodle Kugel

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a mixing bowl, mix together:
1 1/3 cup sour cream
1 1/3 cup cottage cheese
3 large eggs, beaten
1/2 cup sugar
5 Tblsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
In a large  pot of boiling water, bring to a boil until done:
1/2 lb. wide egg noodles
dash of salt
When noodles are done and drained fold them into the cream cheese mixture until well-blended.
 1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup regular raisins
4 peeled Granny Smith apples, sliced thinly
Pour mixture into a greased baking 9" x 13" baking dish. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling. It's delicious cold, too!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

On Passover We Remember

Leviticus 23:5; Exodus 12

As the traditional Messianic song says, " On Passover we remember what the Lord has done. He set the captives free, led them to liberty, and parted the Red Sea that they might walk....."

   Passover is a festival of freedom. Passover celebrates God's deliverance of the Israelites from bondage to a cruel Pharoah in the Land of Egypt. Why did the Israelites want to escape from Pharoah and Egypt? They wanted to be free to worship their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
   Just as the Israelites suffering under the cruel bondage of Pharoah is symbolic of our suffering under the bondage to sin into which we're born through inheriting Adam's  sin nature, Passover symbolically represents the amazing redemption (bought with a price) wrought by Yeshua (Jesus, His Greek name) on the cross which makes salvation (deliverance) available to all who believe.
   In Exodus 12, God told the Jewish people to a kill a lamb without spot or blemish and apply its blood to the door posts (sides) and lintel (top of door frame) of their home. This is a picture of a cross + (even the cross is a plus-sign:) God told them, "When I see the blood, I will pass over you and your household (Exodus 12:13.) God told them if they would do this they would be saved from the angel of death. Israel (the Jewish people) is God's first-born children. Since the cruel Pharoah would not let God's first-born "go," God sent a death angel to kill the Egyptian people's first born children. Symbolically, following God's instruction, the Israelites painted a cross in the blood of a spotless lamb over their household and they were saved from death. When the spotless (sinless) blood of the Lamb of God, Yeshua, Jesus is applied to the "door posts and lintels" of our houses (hearts) we are saved from eternal death. Then we, too, are free to worship our God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Hallelujah!!!

   Let us celebrate our Passover Lamb, Yeshua, the Lamb of God - who rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, but who will return for us as the Lion riding a white horse today - in a New Covenant context - Jew and Gentile, one-in-Messiah.

   As the Jews said through the ages and sages, " They tried to kill us, they couldn't, let's eat!"

   Here's a delicious recipe for Noodle Kugel. I'll bake and serve Noodle Kugel for dessert after our Passover meal of:
  • Pomegranate Lamb
  • Yukon Gold Garlic and Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Beans Almondine
  • Sweet Potato Casserole
  • Matzah
  • Noodle Kugel

You'll Need:
1 pound wide egg noodles
5 extra-large eggs
4 cups half -and-half
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
dash of fresh nutmeg
1 1/2 Tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspon freshly cracked black pepper
1 cup ricotta
1 cup golden raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 10 by 13 by 2 1/4 inch baking pan.
Drizzle some oil into a large pot of salted water. Cook the noodles for 6-8 minutes, until tender. Drain well.
In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Stir in the ricotta and raisins. Add the drained noodles. Combine.
Pour the noddle mixture into prepared baking dish. Place the filled dish into a larger pan filled half-way with water (bain marie, or "water bath"). Cover the entire assembly with aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 45 minutes, or until the custard is just set. Serves 10.
(good appetite, in Hebrew)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Feasting with the Father: Shabbat Shalom...Celebrate the Sweetness of Yeshua...

Feasting with the Father: Shabbat Shalom...Celebrate the Sweetness of Yeshua...:  Celebrate Yeshua!    What I love most about the Shabbat is that God commands us to rest! He doesn't suggest it. He doesn't say,...

Shabbat Shalom...Celebrate the Sweetness of Yeshua... and Coconut Macaroons!

Celebrate Yeshua!

What I love most about the Shabbat is that God commands us to rest! He doesn't suggest it. He doesn't say, " Okay, since you're not going to the office today,  go ahead, wash that car, catch up on that laundry, wash those windows and vacuum that carpet. Then sit down and rest awhile.....then, how about that lawn? " No, God actually requires something of us. He requires that we obey His 4th commandment, "Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy." He requires we rest and "come away with Him." Why? He requires we rest for our own good. We need to rest! " Didn't God say, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath"( Mathew 12)?  I LOVE this! I love meditating (like a cow chewing its cud) on His Word. Just to spend time with Him is a blessing. And I don't have to feel guilty because I am not "accomplishing a task."; that I am not "getting things done." As much as I enjoy "getting things done," it's a treat to nestle in His loving arms and read His love letters to me. And He wrote them to me....... and you! I pray you get into God's Word today, relax and simply enjoy His company. After all, Yeshua IS our rest, our Shabbat Shalom! Isn't this marvelous!

What goes better with the sweetness of Yeshua than homemade "Cocoanut Macaroons" - one of Bruce's favorite cookies. Enjoy this recipe from "Tempting Kosher Dishes" by B. Manischewitz & Company (c) 1930. I bought this retro cookbook online at least a decade ago and enjoy making dishes from original recipes and ingredients.

Cocoanut Macaroons
You'll Need:
5 eggs
1-1/2 cup sugar
1 cup Manischewitz Matzo Meal
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded coconut ( I use Baker's)
2 lemons, juice and grated rinds
Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Beat eggs well, adding sugar gradually; add and combine remaining ingredients. Drop by tablespoons on cookie sheet, greased and sprinkled with meal. Bake in moderate oven (325 degrees) 30 minutes increasing heat at the last to brown cookies. Makes 24 mouthwatering delights.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Shabbat Shalom! One of Many Reasons...with Recipe

One of Many Reasons

One reason I deeply love my husband, Bruce, is his true and transparent love for the Lord Yeshua Ha Mashiach (Jesus, the Messiah.) And this is one of many reasons, mind you. As I type these words, he is on the phone with a Jewish brother who wants Bruce, a minister with the Assemblies of God, to baptist him. Rereading my last sentence, I'm aware of what a mind-blowing statement this is! What???? A Jew being baptised? What???? Well, God came to planet earth in the form of a Jewish man (John 1:14.) So, this makes perfect sense. When the Israelites crossed through the Red Sea (Exodus 15) and came out safely on dry land, God painted this picture for us as the perfect portrait of baptism - for both Jew and Gentile (Ephesians 2:14-15.) 
As I prepare a delicious shabbat breakfast for my husband (this is 'rest' for me....4th Commandment...and I do believe I'll have to reheat those organic cinnamon rolls.. but no matter), I can hear bits and pieces of their conversation. I am pleased Bruce understands that telling someone, in this case a Jewish person (whether they are a believer, or not a believer) what it means to truly be "a Jew born anew," as our Jewish friend, psalmist Marty Goetz sings in his song of same title, is more appealing to him than, say, ...eating! This is yet one of many reasons I love my husband!

Bruce will baptize our friend in the morning....thank you, God!

Bruce's Breakfast Menu
(which may have to be reheated is):
Scrambled eggs with havarti cheese and smoked lox
Beef bacon ( Pederson's, Whole Foods)
Steel cut oats with blueberries, pineapple chunks, and strawberries
Freshly baked organic cinnamon rolls
Freshly ground Trader Joe's Honduras Coffee
 I can hear him winding up his conversation. I better rattle those pots and pans....again; music to my ears and to the ears of our Messiah!

  Enjoy my recipe for:
Quick Cinnamon Rolls 

2 cups white unbleached flour
3 teaspoons Rumford Baking Powder (contains no aluminum)
1/8 teaspoon Hains Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons butter
2/3 cups whole milk
melted butter
1/2 cup raisins,or currants, chopped fine (ly)
2 Tablespoons citron (lemon) zest
2 Tablespoons (organic) sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Combine and mix well first five ingredients. Roll out to rectangular shape 1/4 inch thick, brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with raisins, citron zest, sugar and cinnamon. Roll up like a jelly roll. (You may have to chill roll so dough is easier to slice.) Cut in slices 3/4 inches thick. Place in buttered round baking tin cut side down and bake in a hot oven, 400 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Or, butter a 10 inch skillet (I like cast iron), spread bottom with a generous amount of brown sugar, place rolls in skillet and bake. Serve caramel side up.
So, there you have it! 
BTW~ These cinnamon rolls are just as delicious reheated!
(Hebrew for 'good appetite')

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Shabbat Shalom! Look and Learn - with Classic Chicken Soup Recipe

Look and Learn

Do you consider walking out the Christian life a journey? One of the most difficult aspects of life in my twenty-seven year walk with the Lord has been not only to remember who I am, but more, whose I am....... and that I am on a journey.
    The Bible gives us a multitude (literally) of examples at which to look and from whom to learn. In Genesis 11, God's two covenant people, Abram and Sarai became Abraham and Sarah through obedience to God as they journeyed. God, the Holy Spirit breathed on them and anointed them to serve Him in newness of Life. Abram became Abra -cham (the 'ch' indicating, in the Jewish language, the gutteral sound "cha" as in a breath, i.e. the Holy Spirit), and Sarai became Sar-ah, (also indicating breath.) They realize their true purpose and journey when God changes their names and.......their nature.
     In Isaiah 51, (a sweet, beautiful promise) God tells Israel, "Look to the Rock from which you were hewn." God chiseled Abraham and Sarah separately from The Rock (Yeshua, Jesus) and called them together for His purpose. They learned obedience and God's purpose for their lives on their journey. So must I. It's a process......... As a Christian ( 'follower of Christ' of whom Abraham is a 'type'/Sarah is a 'type' of The Church), I have the privilege of looking at and learning from them. God uses these 'types' for our edification.  Frankly, I believe it's really all about who I am "becoming" (Christ-like) and not about what I am "doing." - although we must put "feet" to our faith!
      According to the Jewish calendar, we're in the tenth month, the month of Shevat, between Hanukkah and Purim. January is the 10th month ( Passover/April being the first month.) The number 10 according to Jewish thought is a number of testing and proving. Or, could it be a combination of two 5's - 5 being the number of Grace. How about a double portion of Grace? Thank you, Lord! 
There are many, many more delicious nuggets God has planted for our edification, but right now it's all about ............soup!

Classic Chicken Soup
On a cold January afternoon, what could be better and more therapeutic than a steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup. From my Feasts of Israel Cookbook my recipe for chicken soup warms the heart and stirs the soul. Be sure this is all that's "stirred."  I suggest simmering the soup all day not stirring it even once. Stirring makes the soup cloudy. For the most beautifully golden, translucent, flavorful chicken soup you've ever savored, enjoy making and serving this classic.
1 ( 3 to 5 lb) whole chicken, or quarters
12 cups good quality water ( spring, or distilled)
3 large carrots
1 stalk celery, with leaves
1 to 2 parsnips
1 large onion, whole, peeled
1 Tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
Clean chicken and remove excess fat. Fill an 8 quart stock pot with 12 cups water. Bring to a boil. Place chicken and vegetables in pot. Add salt and pepper. Turn the heat down (and here's the secret) so the water just barely "blip, blip, blips." Cover. Simmer all day. Enjoy the aroma wafting through your home! Remove whole chicken from the broth carefully with a slotted spoon. Set aside to cool. Remove vegetables with a slotted spoon to cool. Ladle beautiful, golden chicken soup into awaiting bowls. Add bits of chicken and vegetables, if you like, or simply enjoy the broth. Ahhhhh....... simply delicious!
 B'tayavon ( Hebrew for 'good appetite!')