Monday, April 24, 2017

Wisdom Wednesday - Gates

photo courtesy of MiYah Music

I read this online quote a few days ago and thought it was worth sharing.


"Think of yourself as a city. You have four magical gates: the Gate of Seeing, the Gate of Listening, the Gate of Imagining and the Gate of Speaking.
Magical gates, because an Infinite G‑d enters your finite city through these gates. An infinite G‑d who cannot be squeezed within any place or boxed within any definition, but chooses to dress neatly in a wisdom called Torah—and these are your gates by which wisdom may enter.
That is why all the world competes to storm those gates. They want you to see the ugliness they see, hear the cacophony they hear, imagine the nonsense they imagine and speak without end. And then, you will desire all they desire and no room will be left in your city for that Infinite G‑d.
You only need master those gates and the city is yours."
(from Maamar Shoftim 5729)
As I meditated on this writing, I thought of the Scripture in the graphic above.   Yeshua said the gate to Life is narrow.  Here is the passage in the *Tree of Life version:

 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.  How narrow is the gate and difficult the way 
that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

 Something to meditate on, Gail-Friends. 

*The Tree of Live Version of the Scriptures can be viewed on www.biblegateway.com
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Sabbath Music - The Cure


Greetings Gail-Friends.  Don't you feel like running through fields of flowers?  Well, I'm assuming your weather is as good as mine.  Here in Central Florida, it has been gorgeous with temps in the low 80's and a warm sea breeze.  The Golden Cottage Garden is bursting with color:





Life is good in the Golden neighborhood!

We had a wonderful eight days of Passover and I posted photos of our seder in yesterday's POST. In another POST  I shared my recipe for sugar-free Latzah Matzah Chocolate Bark.

Today is preparation day, so I'm getting ready for the Erev Shabbat service tonight and a restful Sabbath tomorrow.  I'll be painting more rocks to spread joy and happiness to the people who find them.   You can read about that HERE.  

We'll also be out in G-d's beautiful world enjoying His creation.  There's nothing like nature to rejuvenate us physically, mentally and spiritually.  I might even run through a flowery meadow, or two.  

Here's a song I heard on the radio recently.  It's a bit different from the type of music I enjoy, but the lyrics speak volumes:  The Cure by Unspoken.

Gail-Friends, I pray you have a blessed, restful and worshipful Sabbath.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Passover Seder 5777



Greetings and blessings to you, sweet Gail-Friends.  I'm so thankful for our wonderful Passover week and for our seder this past weekend.  I promised you photos, so here we go:

The photo above is of the front door of our synagogue.  The red drape is symbolic of the blood of the lamb applied to the doors of the Jews before they left Egypt.   The shape of the blood on the doorposts forms the Hebrew letter dalet and tells us the blood of the lamb (Yeshua our Messiah) is the door of salvation.  (To learn more about Passover and the seder, click on this LINK.)

photo from 119 ministries, which I recommend to learn more about the Jewish roots of Christianity

This is the seder plate at the head table, with the lamb shank bone, which represents the lamb sacrificed for sin -- our Messiah Yeshua.


The seder plates were very creative, with a circular napkin on which the plagues were written.  A part of the seder is to dip one's finger in wine and shake it onto the napkin while saying, "Frogs, frogs, frogs, etc. for each of the ten plagues.  The children always enjoy that part.



Rabbi Jem and three of our young men sat at the head table and did the readings for the seder service.


We reflected on the matzah, with its stripes and piercings, which represent the stripes and piercings Yeshua endured during his crucifixion.


The four questions were asked by one of the children:


Rabbi Jem explained the affikomen, which represents Yeshua's death, burial and resurrection.



This young man found the affikomen and bargained with Rabbi Jem for a redemption price of $10.00.  He said, "OY!  Gone are the days when I could give a dollar!"  He's always joking, and we all love his sense of humor.



As always, a place was set for Elijah, in hopes that he will appear to herald the second coming of our Messiah Yeshua.


The children all went to the door to see if Elijah was coming, but there was no one there.  We long for his soon appearing and pray, "Come, Yeshua, and come soon!"


After the seder service, we danced to celebrate the joy of having Messiah Yeshua as our savior, and for the blessings of being His people.


We had an abundance of good food and drink during our feast just prior to the seder, and enjoyed fellowship with mishpocha (family).  We were delighted to have nine guests who had never experienced a Passover seder.




The decorations were beautiful, all thanks to a team of our creative young women and their families.  They did a fabulous job.



The tables were beautifully decorated, and there were items in the middle that represented the plagues.  Notice the tiny frog on the wine glass.

Passover week was a joy and a blessing as we remembered the freedom given us by Adonai and the redeeming sacrifice of our Messiah.

To read more about past celebrations, hear our traditional music,  and get some good Jewish recipes, click on this LINK.

I'd love to hear about your Passover seder.
 
Thankful Thursday is my day to focus on and be thankful for all the good things in my life.
 
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Latzah Matzah Bark for Passover



We are commanded to observe Passover and to eat matzah during this observance.  To learn more about Passover, click HERE to read my previous posts.



Here's a good recipe for Passover, or anytime, really.  I made this for our seder this weekend and it was a big hit.  We still have two more days of Passover, so I hope you give it a try.

Matzah Bark Dessert - Sugar-Free

Ingredients: 
  • 4 or 6 lightly salted matzoh crackers
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/4 cup Trim Healthy Gentle Sweet
  • 1 bag Hershey’s semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped nuts (I used almonds)
Preheat the oven to 350°F. 

Arrange matzahs in a single layer on two large baking sheets, breaking some in half to fit.

In a medium bowl, whisk together butter and sweetener and brush tops of matzahs. 

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. 

Let matzahs cool completely.

Put a tablespoon of chocolate on top of each matzah, and spread evenly, then sprinkle with chopped nuts.

Place the trays in the fridge until the chocolate is set and then break or cut into pieces. 

Store in an airtight container at room temperature until ready to serve.  You can make this a couple of days in advance and it keeps very well.

Enjoy!

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