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A good friend of mine here in Israel, Abby Peleg, sent me this wonderful Rosh Hashanah recipe, care of the Smitten Kitchen, which has got to be the most beautiful apple dessert that I've ever seen.She is vegetarian and therefore she will be making this for her Rosh Hashanah meal the first night. I'm planning to make this for the second night - when we eat dairy. You can always substitue margarine if you must make it for a meat meal and you observe the laws of Kashrut.
Thanks for sharing this with Travelujah Abby!
Apple Mosaic Tart with Salted Caramel; photo courtesy Smitten Kitchen
Apple Mosaic Tart with Salted Caramel
Puffed pastry is a wonderful thing to keep around in your freezer. It comes at all price points, but I do think that the best ones contain only butter, not shortening. DuFour is my favorite brand; it is an investment that you will be able to taste in every bite and this is the kind of tart where you'll really be able to tell. If you buy some for this
This coming Monday evening, Jews around the world will be celebrating Passover. Part of the holiday celebration is taking part in a seder; an elaborate ceremonial meal to retell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. Some of seder food items consist of Matzah (unleavened bread), bitter herbs, and wine. Without going into the step by step process of the evening's rituals, I believe it is more important to understand why we are doing this in the first place.
Passover seder table setting; photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons
WHAT WE PRAY IS WHAT WE BELIEVE
The Jewish prayer book is Judaism's catechism. Lex orandi lex credendi - what we pray is what we believe. As part of the Shema prayer, we read three biblical sections - Deuteronomy 6:4-9, 11:13-21 & Numbers 15:37-41. It is our proclamation of the existence of the Unity of God; Israel's obligation to be loyal to Him and His word, the affirmation of Rewards and Punishments, and remembering the liberation from Egypt.
Jews remember the Exodus in our daily prayers for God commanded us to do so - that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of
Tu Bishvat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, celebrated this year on Wednesday, February 8, 2012, is the day that marks the beginning of a "New Year for Trees." This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.
Traditionally, Tu Bishvat marked an important date for Jewish farmers in ancient times. It is written in the Scriptures, "When you enter the land [of Israel] and plant any tree for food, you shall regard its fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden for you, not to be eaten" (Leviticus 19:23). The fruit of the fourth year was to be offered to the priests in the Temple as a gift of gratitude for the bounty of the land, and the fifth-year fruit--and all subsequent fruit--was finally for the farmer. This law, however, raised the question of how farmers were to mark the "birthday" of a tree. The Rabbis therefore established the 15th of the month of Shvat as a general "birthday" for all trees, regardless of when they were actually planted.
Chief Rabbi Yoni Metzger wit
Chanukah ("dedication" in Hebrew) is celebrated this year from sunset Tuesday, December 20, until sunset Wednesday, December 28. The festival commemorates both the 164 BCE rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the ruling Seleucid (Syrian Greek) Kingdom, under Antiochus IV - and the re-establishment of religious freedom for the Jewish people after a period of harsh repression. The success of the popular revolt led by Judah Maccabee and his brothers has, ever since, symbolized the Jewish people's fight for, and achievement of, its liberty and freedom as a nation against overwhelming odds. Chanukah is not a legal holiday in Israel; offices, shops and public transportation will operate as usual.