Tuesday, October 7, 2008

REMEMBER WHOSE YOUR ARE...AND WHERE YOU'RE FROM...

My Disciple Bible study meets weekly--this time I have the "snack"...
so, I prepared "traditional Jewish" fare to eat and REMEMBER.
It's important to know the customs and legacy of our Christian faith...understanding the string attaching the Old Testament through the New Testament. Christ was Jewish, let's share and remember. Rosh Hashanah is currently being observed...bringing repentance.

Hebraic year 5769, 2007-2008
Yom Kippur (brings forgiveness)--
begins Wednesday evening, October 8, 2008 until
Thursday night, October 9, 2008...
the holiest day of the "Jewish year"

Jesus celebrated the festivals...fasting and praying to God for forgiveness and a good year. The day comes to an end with the blowing of the shofar, which marks the conclusion of the fast. (see video below)

In the basket behind the candle, is the challah braided bread I made today (eggs, bread flour, yeast, honey)...traditionally, a blessing over two loaves of bread is symbolic of the double portion of manna God gave the Jewish people on Fridays in the desert after the exodus from Egypt.

In the clear dish is home-made egg noodle kugel (sour cream, cottage cheese, eggs, butter, cinnamon, pepper)...a mainstay of festive meals in Eastern European descent Jewish homes, particularly on holidays--some believe eating kugel brings special spiritual blessings.

On the left, in the white pyrex is Kharoset--chopped dates, raisins, pecans, red wine cooked down with sugar...it's symbolic of the mortar Israelites made for their Egyptian taskmaster during their period of enslavement in Egypt. To the Messianic Jew, this reminds us that even the worst of circumstances can be sweetened because the Messiah lives.

I'll also be serving cut apples with honey, grapes and orange portions...Hebraic blessings: "Blessed are you Lord, our God, Ruler of the world, Creator of the fruit of the tree.
May it be Your will, God, the God of our forefathers, that You renew for us a good and sweet year."


Also on the table, you see three dreidels (small wooden tops), representing the children's "turn around" game, usually played during Hannukah. Each dreidel has four [Hebrew] letters...meaning “a great miracle occurred there.”

Just beneath the candle is our olive-wood
Mezuzah (a friend of my husband's brought back to him from Jerusalem several years ago)...“And you shall inscribe them on the doorposts of our house and on your gates”Deuteronomy 6:9, 11:20. “The words that I shall tell you this day: that you shall love your God, believe only in Him, keep His commandments, and pass all of this on to your children.”

God said,“Remake yourselves by repentance during the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and on the Day of Atonement, I will hold you guiltless, regarding you as a newly made creature.”

7 comments:

Beverlydru said...

I have always been fascinated by the Jewish holidays because "the Old Testament concealed what the New Testament reveals". It has led to wonderful talks with Jewish people who wonder why I have an understanding of their holidays.

Thanks for doing the googling on my silly post. If you want to contribute your thoughts on a more serious topic, I'm doing a give-away to stimulate thinking.

CIELO said...

Oh, I love challah braided bread.... would you please pass me a big chuck of a piece to go with my cup of coffee! :)

Blessings to you and yours during the Feast of Tabernacles....

Hugs

cielo

Virginia said...

Thank you for sharing the Jewish tradition with us.I learned a lot today, and listening to the blowing of the shofar,gave me goose bumps.
The food that you prepared looks delicious , how lucky your disciple are to have you as a teacher of the word of God .
Blessings, Virginia

Ruthie said...

What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings.

Carrie said...

I wish you God's special blessings during this high festival.

Charlotte said...

Great post. Most Christians know little or nothing about their Jewish heritage. The video is very interesting.

Amy Wyatt said...

How neat! I wish I knew more about this too. The Mezuzah is really cool. Thanks for sharing this info. I wish I were there for the "snacks". They look delicious.