Thursday, November 15, 2018

Seeing Ladders! Shabbat Shalom!!

Jacob woke up from his sleep and said, 
"Undoubtedly, ADONAI is in this place---and I was unaware." 

Genesis 28:16

Its that time of the year
I start
seeing ladders!

This week is Parsha Vayetze, the reading in the week of Jacob's Ladder.

Wanted to wish you a Shabbat Shalom before the sun goes down!!

Shabbat Shalom!!

If you look closely in this picture you can see the light making stripes in rainbow colors, going along the same lines as the ....ladder! ! !



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Call for Prayer and Miracles for Gaza and Siderot!

The Lord shall go forth like a mighty man; 
He shall stir up His zeal like a man of war.  
He shall cry out, yes, shout aloud; He shall prevail against His enemies.  
--Isaiah 42:13

I am not sure if everyone is aware of the situation in Gaza and Siderot and towns along the southern border of Israel.  From what I understand it is not being given attention to in the US media.
I am sharing HERE a post by Sharon at Real Jerusalem streets, and HERE a link for Intercessors to pray with prayer requests from JNN, Jerusalem News Network, Vision for Israel's page.

The details are better outlined there, but just from what I understand, there were 400 or 500 rockets   fired just the other day and children and families have been living with violence and rocket attacks from Hamas terrorist aggression  for seventeen years.  It is only escalating, and sadly there is not much coverage about it and these communities are being literally bombarded with incendiary rockets, resulting in deaths as well as constant fear and shock to children and families.   Schools were cancelled this week (and I don"t know how many other weeks)  for safety reasons and to be in bomb shelters for protection.

Please pray in this season of miracles for ongoing miracles! And for the international community to see that this needs to be given attention and called to a halt.

Blessings and Shalom,



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I Have a Little Dreidel

It's the month of Kislev,  the 9th month of the Hebrew Calendar.  In this month the days grow darker and we have the holiday of Hannukah in which we celebrate the miracle of light, and the victory of the Jewish people led by the small group of Maccabees.  Today I shared about the Hannukah story at a small "book reading" at a cafe as part of an arts festival. The book is called "I Have a Little Dreidel" by Maxime Baum.Its really cute and gives good illustrations of gathering at a family house for Hannukah and making latkes (see posts Here) and playing dreidel.  Many people where we live do not know of Hannukah, they do not know of the miracle of the lights, and also do not have very much knowledge of Israel or the Jewish people, all things which they have no immediate connection with.  Today I will take the book and  hand made menorah and little gift boxes of dreidels.  Dear Holy Spirit please pour Your oil of anointing on the event to shine Your light and share something of the message of Hannukah.

I made this menorah out of kami nen-do, which is paper clay.  I didn't get to make the candles yet.  As its not yet Hannukah* and we won't actually be lighting candles, I will bring some "real" candles to show about the menorah, and some paper clay if any participants want to try making a "candle" ...or a dreidel! ...out of the paper clay!

The menorah is just about dry,  and I hope it stands up and doesn't crumble on the way to then next town where I have to go for the reading!!

Oh, dreidel dreidel dreidel! Do you know the song?
This is it with my translation into Japanese for tonights reading!!


かわいて 出来上がったら

オオ、ドレイドル ドレイドル ドレイドル
オオ、ドレイドル ドレイドル ドレイドル

I have a little dreidel 
I made it out of clay
and when its dry and ready
Oh Dreidel I shall play

Oh dreidel dreidel dreidel
I made it out of clay
Oh dreidel dreidel dreidel
Now  Dreidel I shall play

 by "The Blossoming Challah"!

Reading at the Onigiri Cafe.  (photos too)

Blessings and Shalom. ♡ Love, Shayndel

*Hannukah this year begins the night of Dec. 2, and lasts for 8 nights

Monday, November 12, 2018

Shayndel's Jacob's Red Stew--Parsha Toldot

From Abraham and Sarah, to Isaac and Rebecca, embroidered on the Challah cover cloth, this week in the Torah we read parsha Toldot, the story of the generations of Isaac.

Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the open, famished.  And Esau said to Jacob, "Give me some of that red stuff to gulp down, for I am famished"--which is why he was named Edom.  Jacob said, "First sell me your birthright."                   ---Genesis 25:29~31

This past week in the Torah we read parsha Toldot.  The story of the generations of Isaac.

If you come by my house for Shabbat on erev Shabbat for this parsha, you can try some of Shayndel's Jacob's red stew!!

I can't help it, I just have to make a red stew on this day!!

As you know in this parsha Rebecca finds out that she will have twins, two nations, who are struggling with each other in her womb.  There is the  story in the parsha of Jacob and Esau and the birthright and the blessing and  two meals --- Lentil soup for the birthright; fresh Game stew for the blessing  --- Gen. 25:27~34, and Gen. 27.   Two hearty meals through which the Torah reveals how the course of the generations was destined.
 There is a lot to digest in this parsha,  with the deceptions involved, what it must have been for Rebecca for giving birth to twins who would come to be two opposing nations.  How we can understand it is always difficult each time we read it, but also in the Torah the things that are written are there tell us things that we don't always understand.  But it gives us a place from which to seek God's heart in everything,  and surely each reading can teach us things and help in our prayers for reconciliation and seeking Shalom in the world. 

So I won't  talk a lot, but will rather will share an original recipe inspired by the parsha.

Please  have some , try making it, share any thoughts what the parsha speaks to you, or  how you like the stew.


For today I will share with you how to make a stew that will bring on blessing, as its taste is really quite heavenly, in an earthy kind of way!

To make Shayndel's Jacob's Red Stew
You will need:
1.  Red Lentil Curly Pasta, or if you cannot find it near you, look for any pasta or legume that is made from red lentils.

2. Other Ingredients:
Beef for stew
      Note: you can adapt by using the vegetables local to your area and in season, as this stew should bring about the tastes of freshly brought in ingredients, as Isaac sent out Esau to gather the game for the stew! Isaac has a good tongue to know what he likes, so when making this, bring home the ingredients that are fresh to where you live!
We used these local / Japan grown vegetables in season.  Cut them in appropriate stew sized pieces:

Olive oil
Can tomatoes
Sake or red wine
 Salt and pepper, spices

3. Boullion or soup stock of your choice

4. Also include any spices you like , rosemary , thyme, and again if any from your garden or local that is even better!

How to make:

1.  Cut ginger into small sliced pieces and sautee in olive oil.  Add beef chunks and sautee until brown on all sides.
2.  Add soup stock to cover and with enough liquid to accommodate vegetables and pasta.  You might need to add more soup stock as you add the other ingredients.
3.  Add sake or red wine and canned tomatoes (and or fresh tomatoes if you prefer!)
4.  Once it all boils, lower heat to medium to simmer
5.  Add salt, pepper and spices
6.  Add vegetables by stages, the longer cooking ones first.  Spinach and green leaves can wait to go in at the very end.

7. Here you will have to time with the pasta cooking instructions.  When you sense that everything should be at the right softness and perfectly cooked  in 5 to 7 minutes, add the pasta.  You don't want the pasta to cook too long, but has to be long enough to be the perfect consistency.  Also you want to make sure the vegetables and meat will be cooked just right in timing with the pasta!! Alternatively, you could cook the pasta separately and add at the last minute, but I recommend the precision timing method, as it cooks together more like a stew.

8.  Put on the finishing touches on the table.
Gather to light the candles.   Recite the Kiddush and Sabbath prayers.

9.  Serve and enjoy with a beautiful and fragrant Challah!!

10.  Be blessed!!

Note  This week I used Dassie's recipe for the Challah from HIS ISRAEL.
Thank you His Israel for THIS POST and video about CHALLAH and for sharing your recipe!!

 Note on the red lentil pasta (pictured above and a main ingredient in the recipe):  There is background story HERE if you would like to read it , from last year, the surprise of finding this pasta in our local shopping mall.  I had been looking everywhere for red lentils, to make a red stew, but to no avail.  So it definitely seemed to have put there by the heavenly hosts for this Parsha.!!  It made me to think that on Shabbat Toldot, everyone in heaven is around a table eating the red lentil stew with curly red lentil pasta.  All parties reconciled and rejoicing in the knowing that everything was planned for a purpose and will turn out for the good. 

I have observed the business that God gave man to be concerned with: He brings everything to pass precisely at its time; He also puts eternity in their mind, but without man ever guessing, from first to last, all the things that God brings to pass.
Ecclesiastes 3:10~11

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Rainbow in Sand

My son, give your heart to me,
and let your eyes observe my ways.

 Proverbs 23:26

Recently I told my daughter about sand art and showed her a picture of rainbow colors in a bottle and she had never seen it before.  So when I passed by a table today of all these bottles of colored sand,  advertising, Make your own "Sand Art", I felt drawn to make something for her.

And soon knew what I wanted to make, and you can surely know too from the title of the post,
a rainbow!!
A rainbow in sand!!

As I was pouring in the colors little by little, and the instructor was showing me how to do it carefully, grains by grains, it struck me as the perfect expression of God's heart in the conversation we have been having this week and that has been in my creative consciousness, about  rainbows (here) and sand (here).
From Noah to Abraham, the rainbow "smile", to the generations.

Who could resist all the sand in all those colors of the rainbow!!

A little girl was making one near me, she was diligently working on it.  Her mother was by her a little distance away as she worked on it.  Mine was for my daughter, who is now a farther distance away but it was a nice connection to connect to a childlike heart while working on it.  And as it is a little delicate and would be hard to send, I may just have to hand deliver it to her!!

The little girl next to me made this!!

in progress, a smile!!!, adding a "bouquet" and some finishing touches

My heart trusts in Him.

 PS  A Shayndel Torah "takeaway" from these weeks since beginning the book of Genesis, as seen in the experiences with the Rainbow this week and what I felt the Holy Spirit speaking through this sand art rainbow. (see two posts below for background story)
God connects the generations through His rainbow (a.k.a., covenant) and through His promises.  And it is through the faith of Abraham and the Holy Spirit given us through Yeshua that we can enter into a living relationship with the Creator of the Universe.  He is the one who made us and multiplies us like the sands on the seashore.   Each of us, like each of  those "grains" are unique.   I realized too that it is a "circle" rainbow, going around the glass which is also something He showed me in the rainbow going around the whole sky and making an opening for Him to throw down to us the bouquet.  If we look into a minute infinitesimal picture it can expand exponentially to the hugeness of His heart, as He will show us things in a size and scale that we can hold on it.  And then enlarge it for us to walk into .  Honestly, I am not quite at that point yet, and sense He is teaching me to  be ready to walk into all that He has to offer!   He is a loving Father who longs to pour out His love for us.   Now I am also realizing the rainbow was in a glass, as we are a vessel  to receive His Holy Spirit through whom we give our selves to Him and then we can be co-creators using all the amazing colors and resources that He opens up. This coming week there is Jacob's dream of the ladder, and I remember last year in this parsha He showed me a rainbow, and that the ladder is Yeshua, who makes it possible for us to connect to Heaven, here on earth, and bring the things of Heaven down through our prayer and worship.   Oh , and in the sand art we could give it a "use", and so I made it a "memo holder", there is a little clip that can hold a memo, or a drawing, postcard, picture etc.  What will then be created from the loving connection with Him.
Later in the book of Exodus, He says to Let my people go so that they can Worship Me.  It is not just that we are set free, but it is so we can make our lives into lives of worship, in everything we do.  Oh, and lastly, I am not sure if you can see it in the photo, but nestled behind the heart, there is a shimmering present wrapped in turquoise blue the color of the New Jeruslaem.  Yes, He thinks of everything!!

Blessings and Shalom!


I also saw the holy city---the New Jerusalem---coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
                  ---Revelation 21:2

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Bouquet and a "Mitzvot" Challah!

”613”!seeing this measurement on the scale, I used this amount of dough, divided it in strands, and it became a "Mitzvot" Challah!!

Circle of rainbows, around the bouquet,receieive it...Catch!!

 Give, and it will be given to you--a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, overflowing, will be given into your lap.  For whatever measure you measure out will be measured back to you.
 Luke 6:38

 1.  Bouquet

When God gives a gift to us, He wants us to share it with others.
The next day I went back to the flower shop and ordered a bouquet for a long-time friend who is also my voice training teacher!  It was her birthday a few weeks ago but I had just remembered it late.
It was fun to order her a bouquet, inspired by the "wedding" bouquet I had received from the lORD after the rainbow (post below!).

I believe He desires to "rain" down bouquets of Love through a halo of rainbow he fashions from above,
for us, as He gets ready His bride here on hearth.
She is from all corners of the globe, in all colors of the rainbow.
Make sure to look up!!

Look up!!!



A Mitzvot Challah

When I made a challah this past Shabbat, I measured the dough.  Usually each regular size challah I make is 600 grams and I make 6 strands of 100 grams.  When I make two its double that and sometimes some left over makes another small challah.  This time when I measured for the first loaf I saw the scale said 613.  It struck me for that number is the number of "mitzvot" or commandments in the Torah!!   So I kept it as 613, and called that Challah a "mitzvot Challah"!

Its funny the shape came out a little more uneven than the usual "600" and it seemed right, as we are imperfect humans and following the "mitzvot" stretches us and reveals our humanity.

Of course, "mitzvot" , the positive ones, are "good deeds", so I also felt that through this He was showing me that about sharing the gifts He gives us, it seemed to go with the rainbow, the bouquet, and the message of this Shabbat!! How can we do a "mitzvot" today?  How can we share His gifts?

And lastly in this post I will share an expression of thanks in Japanese.  You may know in Japanese the word "arigatoo" means "thank you".   It  is  how "thank you " is generally expressed.  If you add "doumo" before  arigatoo, it is "thank you very much".  If you add "gozaimasu" at the end, it is adding a polite or honorific expression.  And to top it all off, the crowning expression, if you add "itsumo" to the very front of all that it means "Thank you always (very much, with an honorific and respectful expression;  the gozaimasu is almost like a verbal "bow" of humbleness to lower ourself to the one we are speaking to).  I just heard that expression today, and it struck me as a beautiful word for today.

Itsumo arigatoo gozaimasu. 

Love and blessings,


*just noticing as I am looking at scriptures how much the New Testament is filled with talk by Yeshua and the disciples of going good, which is exactly what the Torah teaches through "mitzvot".  Truly Yeshua is the word made flesh, and truly He is the Living Torah!! 

Direct those who are rich in this present age not to be proud or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God---who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.  Direct them to do good, to be storing up for themselves a good foundation of the future, so they might take hold of the true life.   ---1 Timothy 6:17~18

Monday, November 5, 2018

LIfe of Sarah, A bouquet, a Rainbow on a sunny day

The Lord is my strength and my shield.  My heart trusts in Him.  
I was helped, and my heart exulted, so I will glorify Him with my song.
---Psalm 28:7

Before I left the house to buy flowers for Shabbat, I made a prayer to ask God if my offerings are pleasing to Him.  I am just "holding down the fort" here and making my little Shabbat, and yet wonder, after being in a community of others on L.I. and feeling so filled there, I was questioning some things.

 So I asked Him, please LORD show me somehow if this is pleasing to You. 
Soon after I walked out of the house, I got to an intersection and felt to look up at the sky.  Almost as if there was a tap!  Saying, Look up!!
And there was the most subtle small strip of a rainbow!! I did a double take as there was no rain.
It was a clear day,  in a clear and beautiful sunny week.  A rainbow on a sunny sky?  And just before Shabbat!   I took off my glasses to see if maybe it was a refraction from my glasses or something.

And I  saw,  a rainbow!! I  stood there looking up,  the street light might have changed.
No one else was noticing it, so I mentioned to an older couple and they looked and the man saw it too, and showed his wife.  They were glad.  Then I crossed when it was green and continued on my way to the flower shop. and the rainbow went with me!! It got bigger and spread out into a wide rainbow smile!!

It echoed a rainbow "sign" painted on a building, and moved in the sky all the way there till I got to the flower shop and escorted me in,

When I entered the flower shop the woman there was holding a little bouquet, like the kind that is thrown at a wedding. She was in the middle of making some flower arrangements.  I said its so cute, it looks like a wedding!  And she threw the bouquet into my hands, and said, its for you!

(well, I exaggerated , she didn't really throw it, but she wrapped it in a little paper and handed it right to me and said she wanted to give it to me!)


This week in the Parsha, The Life of Sarah, we read about the match made in heaven for Isaac, as Abraham sends his servant to go in search of a bride for Isaac.  I love this scene every time I read it , and how Rebecca runs out to greet him and give him a drink and for his camels too and is confirmed as the wife for Isaac.  Of course, all this has been planned well in advance, before the Creation even, as she will be the one who carries on the generations of Sarah and Abraham.   As the story enfolds anew each time it's still always a thrill to see her obediently running out and giving the water to Abraham`s servant and all the camels.  It was said to be a great amount of water that fed all those camels, and that showed the quality of goodness in Rebecca.

I like that wonderful story of meeting and beginning of her relationship into the family of God.
Its like a setting of what is to be when we enter into the family as believers and say yes to Yeshua.  He asks us to serve Him with all our hearts and soul.  And His Living Water pours out in abundance. 
He is looking for the bride who shows kindness (chesed, in Hebrew) and will give Him her all.

I am re-eposting this drawing that I made for this Parsha last year, maybe you recall it!
I hope it still delivers a fresh blessing even if you are seeing it again!

As I asked God if he accepts my offerings, and He showed me a rainbow.

Lord, may we enter this week more eager to serve You, our Beloved Lord and King of Kings.

 Thank you for the flowers.
Blessings and Shabbat Shalom!
Shavu'a Tov!

 Love, Shayndel

Drink, my lord, she said...I will also draw for your camels, until they finish drinking...and she drew for all his camels.  from Genesis 24:18~20