Friday, November 4, 2016

Satsumaimo Challah and Noah

The changing colors of fall!  The excitement of the new Shabbat cycle (see posts below)! 
From the creation, already into the second Shabbat and the reading from Noah.

I had an inspiration this Shabbat to try making a satsumaimo challah! 

Satsumaimo is a kind of potato grown in Japan.   It has a purple skin that is both majestic and rustic.

Can you see how the satusmaimo powder in the dough makes a beautiful purple and a royal color.
It was very thrilling to mix it into the white flour!

Delight in the colors of fall.
Give praise to our Maker!
This weeks Torah study continues in the book of Genesis, the Parsha is "Noah (rest)".  

These are the genealogies of Noah.  Noah was a righteous man.  He was blameless among his generation.  Noah continually walked with God.    ---Genesis 6:9

Noah was the only righteous man who walked on the earth, blameless in the sight of the LORD.  Look what happened to the rest of the people who inhabited the earth, who were not walking with God.  They were wiped out by the flood.  God promised that He will not destroy the world again through a flood, and He put His rainbow in the sky as a sign of the covenant between Him and the land.

But that doesn't mean we are to strive any less diligently to live a life of righteousness. 

Today too, how much do we even think about "righteousness"? How do we know what it even means?  The voice of righteousness has even been removed from our culture and we see division and people turning to so many things, but how many people in their daily lives today turn to the Torah and "walk continually with God" as in God's eyes Noah did.

To be honest, I confess that until I was brought to Salvation in Yeshua and became a believer just a little over two years ago, I never even considered what it meant to be righteous.   Once I met Him through Yeshua and repented my sins---no one can come to the Father except through the Son,  I saw with open eyes for the first time how He is Holy, He is Righteousness.  

We still struggle with sin even after receiving Yeshua, but as we work out our salvation daily there is a desire to be righteous because He is Righteous.  We desire to be Holy, as He is Holy.

May we live in His Torah! And Delight in the colors and the life and expressions of His creation all around us as we continue reading from the book of Genesis this week!  

Delight in the Shabbat!

This week's Torah Portion:  Noach  Noah(rest)  Genesis 6:9 to 11:32
Haftorah:  Isaiah 54:1-55:5
Brit Chadashah:  Matthew 24:36-46

Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.  --Psalm 34:9

Shabbat Shalom!!


  Leaving off  this post with beautiful purple sapphire and a passage from this weeks Haftarah portion (which contains sapphires!). 
May you be blessed as we remember God's everlasting kindness, and compassion
in the words of ADONAI our Redeemer, from Isaiah 54: 7 to 13, to Jerusalem His beloved, may we receive them as words to all who return to Him, may our children be taught by ADONAI,  and in His great SHALOM!

"For ADONAI has called you back
like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of one's youth that is rejected,"
says your God.
For a brief moment I deserted you, 
but I will regather you 
with great compassion.
In a surge of anger
I hid My face from you a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,"
says ADONAI your Redeemer.

"For this is like the waters of Noah to Me:
for as I swore that the waters of Noah
should no more cover the earth,
so I have sworn that
I will not be angry with you,
nor will I rebuke you.
Though the mountains depart
and the hills be shaken,
My love will not depart from you,
nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,
says ADONAI who has compassion on you.
Afflicted one, storm-tossed, unconsoled,
behold, I set your stones in antimony,
lay your foundations with sapphires,
make your pinnacles of rubies,
your gates of crystal,
and all your walls of precious stones.
All your children will be taught by ADONAI.
Your children will have great shalom.

--Isaiah 6〜13

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