Time to Come Home!

Hanoch Young, Tour guide and friend of Ephraim
Hanoch Young, Tour guide and friend of Ephraim

The following letter is from our friend, Hanoch Young in Israel.  We are very excited that Hanoch will not only be a speaker at the First Ephraimite/Northern Israel National Congress in Israel (that we will be attending), but Hanoch will also be so kind as to spend a few days before the Congress guiding us and some friends around Israel!   

There are two reasons that make this a special blessing:

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Pesach Delicacies… (Pics!!)

How funny – at the request of one of my readers, I just posted some our favorite Pesach recipes. But this collection is awesome, so I HAVE to reblog it!!!   We’re gonna try some of these during the upcoming Feast of Unleavened Bread! Since matzoh (unleavened bread) represents unpolluted doctrine (pure scripture), how fitting that we should make some desserts with it, since David tells us that His Word is ‘sweeter than honey’! Thanks, Pete!


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Traditional Apple-Walnut Charoset

Traditional Apple-Walnut Charoset
Charoset, also spelled haroset

Scripture doesn’t instruct us to eat charoset at Pesach (Passover), but this is a cherished dish at every Passover Seder – it symbolizes the mortar that the Israelite slaves were forced to make and use in their labor under their Egyptian taskmasters.

Traditionally eaten on matzoh with the bitter herbs and horseradish, it’s part of what Sarah Kagan describes as “strange but delicious Passover ‘sandwich’: matzoh, sinus-clearing horseradish, and charoset.”  I heartily recommend that you read her article about chaoset – it is both informative and entertaining.  She explains that there are as many versions of charoset as there are Jewish families, but this recipe represents the type generally prepared by Ashkenazi (Eastern European) families.  The recipe was developed by Adeena Sussman, and published at Epicurious, March 2006.

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Chocolate Decadence – A Passover Treat

chocolate decadence cakeThis recipe comes from Aish.com – they didn’t include a photo for it, so I am using someone else’s photo of a single-serving version as served at d.K. Steakhouse in Waikiki, Hawaii.  “This is a very thin, rich cake, billed in restaurants as a flourless chocolate cake”, perfect for a special Pesach (Passover) dessert.  Enjoy!  Continue reading Chocolate Decadence – A Passover Treat

World’s Best Noodle Kugel!

Every Jewish feast includes a kugel of some sort, and this is our family’s favorite.  It is technically a side dish, but makes a great dessert, too.

Cinnamon Noodle KugelCinnamon Noodle Kugel THE BEST KUGEL EVER!!!

“I try and find any excuse to make this recipe, as it is one of my favorites. With the perfect combination of crunchy and sweet, you will never want to use another kugel recipe again.” — minichef at Allrecipes.com
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Sweet Potato & Carrot Tsimmes

Sweet Potato & Carrot Tsimmes from Chabad.org

This is a favorite recipe for many feasts, but especially for Pesach (Passover).  Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Carrot TsimmesINGREDIENTS

1 pound carrots
6 sweet potatoes
1/2 cup pitted prunes (optional)
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup honey or brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp. margarine
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained

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Beulah Land, Some Thoughts

Let the scriptures speak for themselves! Thanks to Pete Rambo of ‘natsab’ blog, who lays the Word out simply and honestly.


The song keeps running through my head and is a beautiful lilting melody.

Beulah Land

I’m kind of homesick for a country
To which I’ve never been before.
No sad goodbyes will there be spoken
for time won’t matter anymore.

Beulah Land, I’m longing for you
and some day on thee I’ll stand.
There my home shall be eternal.
Beulah Land — Sweet Beulah Land

I’m looking now across the river
where my faith will end in sight.
There’s just a few more days to labor.
Then I will take my heavenly flight.

The lyrics need some mild adjustment, though. Isaiah tells us exactly where Beulah Land is, and a rapturous flight is not necessary unless El Al is really that Good.

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Cut Here: Why the Torah Cannot be Divided into Self-Contained, Individual Laws

REBLOG: Originally posted Monday, 16 March 2015 at “Peter’s” blog, Orthodox Messianic Judaism.  This is a succinct explanation of why the ‘Ten Commandments’ cannot be separated from the remainder of Torah.  Re-posted here with permission.   Continue reading Cut Here: Why the Torah Cannot be Divided into Self-Contained, Individual Laws

Doing the Right Thing

It’s easy to excuse ourselves when we fall short in “the little things,” but when the motivations behind our failures are laid out before us, we realize that the little things we do (and don’t do) are actually powerful character indicators. I really appreciated this author’s reminder!

Navigating by Faith

Man Standing on PinnacleMany people would like to save the world. Many of us find fault with our world in which poverty, homelessness, war and other evils exist. We want to be part of the solution, and we think we are. We have aspirations to take on the big things, but we ignore the little things.

We fail to realize that, if we are not faithful with the little things, we will not accomplish the big things. When we fail in the little things, we are part of the problem and not part of the solution.

I count myself among the many. I do not always do the right thing. So, I am preaching to myself and to anyone who cares to listen.

One little, petty example got me thinking about this. It is not a big thing, but that is exactly the point. The little things that we ignore and discount add…

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Pure and Undefiled Religion

Love on feet – that’s what we’re supposed to be:

The Barking Fox

Refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan.  (Photo:  Kurdistanonline via Rudaw.net) Refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan. (Photo: Kurdistanonline via Rudaw.net)

The Apostle James admonishes us as people of faith to take action on that faith.  His strongest admonition comes in the first part of his letter to the Twelve Tribes scattered abroad:

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.  Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.  (James 1:26-27 NASB)

The real question is this:  How many orphans and widows have you visited today?

The very real needs of this world stare us in the face every day.  Sometimes those needs walk right up to your car at an intersection and ask for money.  Sometimes those needs are half a world…

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