Shalom and welcome to the summer 2012 issue of Sarah's Tent E- magazine. This past year has been a busy and overwhelming one for us with some good things, and some not so good. Through the good and the bad I have learned even more so to wait on the One who is in control of all things and through it all continue to serve Him. Please forgive me for being absent for so long. With His help and strength it will not happen again.
A year ago I started a blog on this website, on the Tehillim (Psalms). I posted insights from one Tehillim a week and posted it on Preperation Day. Because of difficulties I had to put the blog on hold, but it has resumed, and you will find it on the Tehillim Blog page.
We will be making more information available to you on the website. To find it easily check the Directory Page. At the bottom is a What's New section with links.
A Natsari Woman
Encouragement for Living the Faith
At this point in time, the term "Messianic" may not always refer to someone exclusively living a Torah obedient life. Through my own experience, I have come into contact with those who say that Torah has not been abolished but for years continue with one foot on each side of the fence. Such a person is apt to cause confusion and frustration, particularly to those who are just beginning their walk in Torah. So, when I say Natsari woman, I am referring to a woman who is on a completely Torah obedient walk and a believer in Yeshua as her Messiah. She forsakes Christian ideas, forms of worship, holidays, and does not indulge in what Torah refers to as detestable. She strives to live as The Eternal has instructed in His Torah. If the later describes you, then I pray that you will be encouraged by A Natsari Woman, which will appear regulalry in Sarah's Tent E-magazine.
Women of the Book is a new column in our e-magazine, written by Aliyah Jacobs. Aliyah lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her wonderful husband Yosef. Together their hearts are to reach out to others through the love of Yeshua and share with them the blessing of Torah Truth. Aliyah is a trauma counselor and is currently writing her Masters dissertation on women and verbal abuse. Her heart is to see the women of YHWH rise up and take their rightful place in the Kingdom of the King. You may visit Aliyah's blog at www.seekingtruthintorah.com .
Women of the Book takes a new and fresh look at the women of Scripture, from a Torah perspective. This issue Aliyah writes about Miryam of Magdala, or as she is better known - Mary Magdalene.
Autumn will be here soon, and there will be an over abundance of apples in the grocery stores. It's a great time to make home made applesauce. I have served applesauce for dessert on Shabbat, as a side dish, or for no other reason than I just wanted it. :) I like it all year round, cold in the summer, warm in the fall and winter. My mother made delicious apple sauce. She taught me how, but to my knowledge it was never written down. It may be a little difficult to follow because it's one of the recipes that don't have definite measurements for the ingredients, but I think those are the best kind. I will give you some measurements to start with, but just remember to taste and taste again! If you think it needs more, add it! Everyone's palate is different.
Warning about apples!
Apples top the list for pesticide contamination! This is because the skins are very thin and allow contamination like pesticides to pass through into the meat of the apple. It is best whenever possible to obtain organic apples. Purchasing a bag of organic apples from the store cost about $1 -2 more than non organic. Or, if you know a farmer in your area who doesn't use pestcides, you can get your apples there.
3 -4 pounds of apples. (The last time I used gala apples. Bear in mind that if you use tart apples, you may need to add more sugar.) 1 cup of sugar to start (I use Sugar in the Raw, excellent in applesauce!) 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 1 teaspoon of nutmeg 1/2 stick of butter sliced up (if you want a more buttery flavor you can add more, but start with this) juice from half a lemon
Peel, core, and quarter the apples. Make sure you remove all the seeds. Place in a medium size pot. Add water. DO NOT COVER THE APPLES WITH WATER. Add enough water to only come up to half the level of the apples that you have in the pot. Add sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, stirring occassionally. After boiling, lower to simmer, and continue to stir occassionally. Let cook for about 30 minutes, then stir in butter. Cook for 15 more minutes, continuing to stir occassionally. Now - do you like your applesauce chunky? Then this is the point that you taste and see if you would like to add more sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg or butter. If you do add it now, and also add your lemon juice. Stir, and cook for 5 -10 mintes, then your done. If you like your apple sauce more smooth continue cooking until it's at the right consistency for you. Taste to see if you would like to add more, butter, sugar, etc. Do so at this point. Then add your lemon juice. Stir well. Continue to cook for about 5 -10 mintes. This recipe is best served warm. Don't let it sit out overnight. Store in the fridge. You can use the microwave to warm it up. Enjoy!
Meaty Eggplant Casserole
A few weeks ago, our family started implementing more Mediterranean style meals to our diet. It is a more healthier choice for us, and in doing so we have experienced some great flavor combinations. One very pleasant surprise was the Meaty Eggplant Casserole. (Does that say allspice in the ingredients? Yes it does!) So, I have decided to add a nice kosher Mediterranean recipe to each issue of Sarah's Tent. For those who are interested in taking a look at the Mediterranean diet, there is an abundance of information on the internet, but to put it simply, under this style of eating you are consuming more whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and legumes, replacing butter or other fats with olive or grapeseed oil, and cutting back on red meat consumption. Another benefit to eating Med-style is that I seem to spend less time in the kitchen (at least to me anyway), and that is always a benefit! One note - when cooking use grapeseed oil. When preparing noncooked dishes, use olive oil. Olive oil has a low smoke point, which makes it unhealthy when heated to high tempetures. Grapeseed oil is not only a very healthy oil, but has a high smoke point which makes it excellent for cooking. Purchase only expellar pressed grapeseed oil.
I love eggplant! It turns out that the same compounds that protect this vegetable from the elements also protect you from heart disease and cancers. I wasn't sure I would like this dish because of the allspice, but I was very pleasantly surprise. Hope you enjoy it also.
2 eggplants, sliced diagonally
2 teaspoons of salt
1/4 cup plus 1 tablesppon grapeseed oil
1 pound of lean ground beef
2 large or 3 medium onions
3 tomatoes peeled and chopped or 14.5 oz can of chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon of allspice
1 teaspoon of sugar
salt to taste
nonstick cooking spray
1. Sprinkle both sides of the eggplant slices with salt. Pile the slices in a colander. Cover with a plate and leave for 20 minutes. Rince with water and pat dry with a papertowel.
2. Heat a griddle or non stick skillet on medium high heat. Brush each side of the eggplant slices with grapeseed oil. and cook for abut 4 minutes on each side.
3. Cook the ground beef in a non-skillet (can be the same one you used for the eggplant) over medium heat until browned (about 10 minutes). Drain off excess fat and set beef aside.Cook the onions in the remaining grapeseed oil until soft and pale yellow, about six minutes.
4. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and garlic, then allspice sugar, and salt to taste. Cook for 5 minutes. return the ground beef to the pan and stir.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray a large glass casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Layer the eggplant and the sauce in the casserole dish beginning with the eggplant and ending in the sauce. bake for 20 minutes. All the casserole to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Can a believer be controlled by sin? It seems that Paul himself suffered from what is commonly called our sin nature, and struggled to achieve the victory. Why is that? What causes a child of God to continue to sin, time and time again, even though they have accepted Yeshua as their savior, and they really want to do what is right? Why does it seem that some salvations just don’t seem to stick?
Some time ago, I had the honor of receiving the book The Scroll of the Gospel of David - Discovering a prophecy of the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua in 2 Samuel 15:10 -20:2 by Tony Robinson. I was to write a review on the book. Family illness prevented me from doing that particular issue, but I would like to rectify the situation regarding the book. Mr Robinson is a Torah teacher, and is website can be found at http://www.restorationoftorah.org/ I highly suggest that you pay a visit. The about of information he has made available is invaluable to the serious Torah student. The method he uses and teaches to study Torah is called Thematic Analysis. This is not a new method, but one that was used by the rabbis and sages of Israel to find the patterns of prophecy that The Eternal placed in His Word. Not only does Mr. Robinson have teachings for adults on the weekly parashat, but also for children as well.
The book Scroll of the Gospel of David is a fascinating study of the passages of 2 Samuel 15:10 - 20:2 using thematic analysis to uncover prophecy about Yeshua. In this book you will understand how thematic analysis works, and how it is used to uncover Messianic prophecies. You will also learn how to use thematic analysis yourself. This is an excellent book, and there is also a wealth of information at the Restoration of Torah website on thematic analysis as well.
When I discovered Restoration of Torah website and thematic analysis a few years ago, it was as if a whole new world had opened up. The book, The Scroll of the Gospel of David focuses on King David's flight from his son Absolam, and how the passage found in 2 Samuel 15:10 20:2 through thematic analysis tells of the death and resurrection of Yeshua. Mr Robinson gives straightforward examples through Scripture on how thematic analysis works, and then takes you through the passage in 2 Samuel showing that indeed, the most prophetic topic of the Tanakh is about Messiah Yeshua. I highly reccommend this book, not only for yourself, but also as a tool for teaching Torah to older children. For more information, including excerpts from the book, and ordering click on the book cover.
I hope you enjoyed this issue of Sarah's Tent. The issue for fall will be published after the fall feasts in November. If you need information on the Fall Feasts check here. May the Eternal watch over and bless you and your families.
Listen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek Yahweh: look to the rock whence you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for when he was but one I called him, and I blessed him, and made him many.