Written on September 26, 2014.
Today (September 28) at Sundown begins Rosh Hashana:
The Jewish new year. The coming year is 5772, Ayin Bet. Ayin means “eyes to see”. Bet is the Hebrew character for the number “2″. The pictorial of Bet is a house with an open wall or window. The openness of the house suggests it is to be entered into. But there is a deepness not to be missed. We aren’t invited to be “in” the house but to be “of it. There is a huge difference between the two. To come in, leaves room to leave. The coming can be a visit. But to be of something means to reside, to have it be a part of you and you of it. It means to dwell rather than visit. Two is the number of covenant. And so in this year ahead, we are invited to have the eyes to the see the covenant we are invited to become part of. We are invited to complete it!
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:16. In recent years, this has become real to us. We are each a temple in which He can dwell. But this year takes us deeper into this reality. If he is a dwelling place for us and us for him – we are of each other. A house is marked by manifest love. As we make the choice of fulness of covenant, we are choosing fierce love. This love is for Him, but it is also for each other. As we journey to tabernacles and the destination of becoming one with each other, love will be the passionate fire that drives us.
There will be a shaking beneath those who have resisted the choice of love and to dwell in His house. Resistance and rebellion will be exposed. His mercy will realign those who see the ways in which they have dwelt in another’s house. The shaking will cause alignments to shift us, until THE alignment is with HIM alone. In this, we become of him and of each other. We become the cluster of grapes that hangs inside the Tabernacle.
Tonight , Scott and I will take the Fab Five to the river. We will cast our stones into the water to represent every hindrance, all the things that kept us from being as close to Him as we could, being sent as far as the east is from the west. We will celebrate everything He has delivered us from, but especially all he delivered us to!
I like to find new recipes at feast time. I’m very excited to try this new Challah bread this year.
"Chicken broth adds a subtle depth to this already rich and abundant homemade bread. You will love it for making chicken sandwiches.“
- 1 (10.5 ounce) can Campbell’s®
- Condensed Chicken Broth
- 1 ¼ cups water
- 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
- 4 eggs1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 9 cups all-purpose flour
1. Heat the broth and water in a 1-quart saucepan over low heat until warm but not hot. Place the yeast into a large bowl. Add the broth mixture and stir until the yeast is dissolved.
2. Add 3 eggs, oil, salt and sugar to the bowl and beat with a fork or whisk. Stir in the flour. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth.
3. Lightly grease a large bowl with butter or oil. Add the dough and turn to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 ½ hours or until the dough has doubled in size.
4. Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl with a fork or whisk.
5. Punch down the dough. Divide the dough into 6 pieces. Roll each into a 12-inch rope. Place 3 ropes side-by-side on a greased baking sheet. Begin to braid in the middle of the ropes and braid to one end. Turn the baking sheet around and braid from the middle to the other end. Repeat with the remaining ropes. Brush the loaves with the egg. Cover and let rise in a warm place for1 hour or until the loaves are doubled in size.
6. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake for 30 minutes or until the loaves are golden brown. Remove the loaves from the baking sheets and let cool on wire racks for 10 minutes.