Saturday, February 25, 2017

Recipe for A Cherry Blossoms Challah

Shout joyfully to ADONAI, all the earth!
Serve ADONAI with gladness.
Come before His presence 
with joyful singing.

---Psalm 100:1~2
To commemorate seeing the very first Cherry Blossoms of the year this week (see post below!)  I wanted to to make a Cherry Blossoms Challah.

To make a Cherry Blossoms Challah you will need:
Cherry Blossom Flakes
Cherry Blossom Flowers


Start with your favorite challah recipe.
Or try a new one.
I tried a new one,  THIS recipe for the basic Challah.

Follow the recipe for the first steps ---
 yeast, water, eggs, oil, honey or sugar, and salt.
Mix in the flour.

Scatter the Cherry Blossom Flakes into the dough.
Enjoy as the pink swirls into the mix!

Then comes the first wonderous thing!
As I mixed them in, the dough itself did not turn pink.  The cherry blossom flakes dissolved into the dough,  without changing the color.

It reminded me that the cherry blossoms themselves are so delicate and ephemeral!


Continue to make dough, knead, and let it rise as the recipe instructs.
Choose how you will braid your Challah.
I made a special three braid over a five braid  for the special occasion of this Shabbat  in the week of seeing the first Cherry Blossoms of the year !

You can see the way to braid HERE.

Brush on your egg wash,
scatter more Cherry Blossom Flakes over the top.
Place the Cherry Blossom Flowers to make it beautiful and festive.



Place the Challah on your Shabbat table.
Cover with a Challah cloth.

Light the candles, say the blessings for Shabbat* with your family,
and make the blessing over the bread.
Taste the challah, enjoy a second wonderous thing!
It tastes like cherry blossoms!!

Enjoy the taste of spring, of God`s provision!  Shabbat Shalom!!

enjoy a second wonderous thing! It tastes like cherry blossoms!!

*Shabbat note!  On Blessing the Children.
On Shabbat one of the customary blessings is to bless the children.
As a child I did not grow up celebrating Shabbat, so I am glad to be able to do this with my daughter as it is a very special and precious time.  We just started observing Shabbat last year, and she is already a teenager, so its never too late to start!
Actually, we all are God`s children, even as adults, so if you did not do these blessings when you were a child, then I pray these blessings for you now!!   
Shabbat Shalom!

These are the blessings for children:

For boys:
May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.

For girls: 
May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah.

For Both:*(from the Aaronic Blessing, Numbers 6:24~26)
The Lord bless you and keep you.  The Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you.  The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
For the Hebrew and a fuller description of the Blessing for Children, there are many links.  Here is one where you can find them:  Blessings for Children

Shabbat Shalom! and Happy Girl`s day this week in Japan

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The First Cherry Blossoms

My blog is called Challah and Cherry Blossoms.  I`ve posted a lot of challah but not too many cherry blossoms.  And now the time for cherry blossoms is come-ing!  As your Challah and Cherry Blossoms correspondent, I must say this is a very exciting time.

This week a friend invited me to see the earliest blossoming cherry blossoms in Kyushu, the south island of Japan where we live.  Of course I said yes!  Thank you T-san and K-san!!  The skies were cloudy, but it didn`t matter.  We had a beautiful day.  The pink blossoms cheered up the whole landscape and brought new life to everything.  The funny thing is the place where we ended up to see the cherry blossoms was in a parking lot.  An ordinary parking lot becomes extraordinary when lit up by the pink `sakura` blossoms!

Cherry blossoms are like a resurrection, a bringing new life to what was once dead.  After the burst of pink they soon bring forth green leaves and the season of spring.  People flock to see them, and even as we left the parking lot, there were many people with cameras who came for the same reason we  did, to see the cherry blossoms.  We left as people came.  Everyone was taking pictures of the cherry blossoms.

There is still a month before the rest of the cherry blossoms here and in all Japan officially open.  Its a little hard to explain, but this viewing today was like a sneak preview, in the still cold days of February, a reminder of the new life that comes after the sap begins to flow (remember Tu B`Shevat, the New Year for trees. That day a few weeks ago commemorates when the sap begins to flow after the months of winter in the trees.)

At the end of our adventure, she took us to see her new granddaughter.  How precious is new life!
And what a special reminder that we too can be born again!!

Blessings and blossoms!!

 A prayer of thanks for today, Dear Father thank you for this day that You have made.  How glad we are for every moment in it,  we rejoice in your Creation.  Thank you for friends who are so kind and invited me today on the day outing.  We know it is You who provides everything in our lives, and that You bring us together with people for your purposes. Thank you for the beautiful canopy of pink that makes everything new and reminds us of the power of the Resurrection of Yeshua.  
The color pink is like a burst of your Love painted in the landscape, announcing a new season and showing the miracle and wonder of how what was once dead comes to life as You direct all of Creation.  Please reveal more about Yourself to us in this season as we eagerly anticipate the cherry blossoms opening throughout Japan.  May the Messiah`s return come soon and may we prepare for His coming by becoming new in You and seeking your Kingdom and the heavenly on earth.  I pray blessings for the one who is reading this.  That she will be renewed by the power of the Holy Spirit and that she will come to know Yeshua as her Saviour.  And to the reader here now who has already received Salvation in Yeshua, may she be constantly renewed by your Great Love and Shalom, and be restored in health and strength and new passion and creativity.  May all we do bring Glory to You.   Hashem Yeshua.  Amen!

 Yeshua said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life!"

---John 11:25

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Two Five-Strand Challahs=Ten Strands, Ten Words


Parsha Yitro!
This is is the Torah portion (Exodus 18:1~20:26) where ADONAI speaks what we know as the Ten Commandments to the Children of Israel. 
Moses tells the people to consecrate themselves, for they will prepare to meet God and receive His Law at the base of Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19) .  Halleluyah!
 My Challah this week is an expression of this parsha! If you are just joining in to read my blog, you might want to see some of my previous challahs that attempt to express something about the weekly parsha.  For example, there was Red Bean Challah for Abraham, Fig Challah for Israela rainbow slice of many colors for Joseph, and others.   This weeks expression is two challahs made in five strands each, to make a total of Ten Strands to represent this weeks Parsha Yitro which speaks about the Ten Commandments (Ten Words)

I`ll try to give my `drash`, i.e. interpretation, of how the challah this week is meant to express this! For the post I will use the words the Ten Words, for the Ten Commandments (see note below). 
Then God spoke all these words saying,            ---Exodus 20:1 TLV

For the challah,
We start with making one big round ball of dough.
From this dough will come all the bread.
This dough contains all of what will be our two Shabbat challah loaves.

Can you see how this relates already to the parsha about the Ten Words?
All of the mitzvot are contained in the first One.
The first statement is:
"I am ADONAI your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage."  --Exodus 20:2 TLV
From the very first words, "I am ADONAI`, or even `I am ` or even `I` , all the rest of the commandments are contained!!  Once we agree to this one, that He is our GOD, He is the God who loves us so much He brought us out of bondage, we are all ready to accept all the rest.

Hence, this one big ball of dough represents all of the commandments contained in the very first statement.  When I agree to loving Him, I agree to ALL His commandments!

Praise ADONAI! For the LORD is One!!
Next I will go on and share how the rest lays out!

From there, I separated the dough to make two loaves.  I was thinking about the two tablets that the Ten Words were written on.  Yet if you read this section of the Torah, you see that the tablets were not yet given!  It was just the spoken words!! But my mind jumped ahead to the two tablets, and I chose to make the two loaves represent them. 

Then I separated the dough again into ten pieces, five from each half which would be the strands.  The ten total strands would represent the Ten Words.  The five on the first tablet are said to be about our relationship with God, and the next five are said to relate to our relationships with other people. The fifth, to honor our parents, is like a bridge between both sides.

As I rolled out each one, I looked at the Hebrew there on the postcard, and I thought of each one, to Love the Lord your God, to have no other gods before Him, do not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain, Remember the Sabbath day, do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not lie, do not covet. There they were, one strand for each.

And yet there are said to be 613 mitzvot in the Jewish law!
This reminds us how all of these ten contain so much more.  And all are contained in the first one.  The ten are like `categories` from which all the smaller mitzvot, which are said to be no less important, come from.

To make the challah, next we braid five each together like this, to make two loaves:

When the loaves are baked, once again the strands, are inseparable from another.
It all becomes one, which reminds us again how all the 10 words, or 613 mitzvot are all part of the `One`, which is the Word of God.

When I ate the challah, I thought about the prophet Ezeikel, when God told him to eat the scrolls!
I was eating the challah that had my meditations on the Ten Words in them!!  We do need to eat His words!  They become part of us as we study them and agree to them and abide by them.
Ezekiel 3:3  TLV
as He said to me, "Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I am giving you and fill your stomach with it."  I ate it and it tasted as sweet as honey.

As man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of ADONAI, (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4)

When we do all our life with His words in our hearts and actions, we bring the Torah, the law of ADONAI into our lives.  May we express everything contained in the first statement, to Love the LORD thy God, in all we do!!

Shabbat Shalom!! And now that its already into Sunday, Shavu`a Tov, have a great week!!

mitzvah/mitzvot=Hebrew word for commandment(s)

Reference:  In writing this post I referred to an ariticle on Judaism 101 with more teaching about the Ten Commandments as found in Judaism. You can read more HERE

Recipe:  You can find the Recipe I used for this weeks challah in this article HERE.  It is at the end of the article, please enjoy the article too and learn more about the real meaning of Challah!
Braiding:  For braiding a 5-braid Challah,  Video link HERE
I like the translation `The Ten Words` for The Ten Commandments.  That is how it is expressed in the Bible I use, the Tree of Life Version, where they are stated in the first verses of Exodus chapter 20.  Also in the article link above, the author tells that in Hebrew the words for what we say are `Ten Commandments` come from the Hebrew in the Torah that says `Aseret ha-D`varim`.  He says this would translate into `Ten Sayings`, `Ten Statements`, `Ten Declarations,``Ten Words`, or even `Ten Things`.  Please read the article HERE for a fuller explanation.

Post script note:
After posting this, about a week later as I am looking for cherry blossoms challah, I came across someone who made a Ten Commandments challah!! Hers is HERE.  I learned from her post that there actually is a tradition to make a challah to commemorate the Ten Commandments, and this is done on Shavuot!!  Its fun to make the discoveries `myself` (it is God who shows us all things, so its never just `me`!) , and then learn after about the tradition!! It seems confirmation that these traditions come from somewhere, and that by reading the Torah and connecting with Him, He will show us what we need to know!! Shavuot is coming up,  stay tuned for a possible return of the Ten Commandments challah in some form.  Blessings and Shalom!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

God is Love

♪ ♪  ♬  ♬  ♪ ♪

Sing to ADONAI for He is highly exalted!
The horse and its rider
He has thrown into the sea!

---Exodus 16:21

* my new ume tree on the balcony!
how are you?* I hope you are having a blessed week!

Sing to the LORD!!


 I am ADONAI your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

---Exodus 20:1  TLV

This week is a week to fall deeply in love with the Master of the Universe.
If you haven`t already done so.  And even if you have, it is a time to go deeper into that love as we read Parsha Yitro for this coming Shabbat.
Parsha Yitro is the Torah Portion that has the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai.

God`s laws were spoken, written on stone tablets and then on our hearts.   May our hearts melt with Love for our Creator as we desire to know Him, to follow his Law, and to see how that Law is a Love that is so great and so far-reaching that extends over all the universe and into our very own each and individual heart. 

Photos and story update:  since last week of Tu B`Shevat, I have an ume tree on the balcony! Photos include bringing it home by bicycle.  
The city views are not from the balcony, but just put in a few from this week to show you  a view of our city!  Blessings and Shalom!! 


ADONAI spoke with you face to face on the mountain from the midst of the fire.
(I was standing between ADONAI and you at that time, to tell you the word of ADONAI, because you were afraid because of the fire and did not go up the mountain.)
He said:
"I am ADONAI your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
You shall not have other gods beside Me.
Do not make for yourself a graven image--no image of what is in the heavens above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.  Do not bow down to them or worship them.  For I, ADONAI your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and on the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to a thousand generations of those who love Me and keep My mitzvot.
You must not take the Name of ADONAI your God in vain, for ADONAI will not leave unpunished anyone who takes His Name in vain.
Observe Yom Shabbat to keep it holy, as ADONAI your God commanded you.  Six days you are to labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Shabbat to ADONAI your God.

---Deuteronomy 5:4~14 TLV*
*this is from the first Five of The Ten Words (please read the full Ten Words both Exodus chapter 20 and Deuteronomy Chapter 5 and this weeks Parsha Yitro.)

This weeks readings:
Parsha Yitro---Jethro (abundance)
Exodus 18:1~20:26
Isaiah 6:1~7:6,9:6~7
Matthew 5:8~20

Blessings and Shalom!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Manna and Challah

Moreover, in the morning there was a layer of dew all around the camp.  When the layer of dew was gone, on the surface of the desert was a thin, flake-like frost, as fine as the frost on the ground.  When Bnei-Yisrael saw it, they said one to another, "What is it?"  For they did not know what it was.  Then Moses said to them, "It is the bread that ADONAI has given you to eat."

---Exodus 16:13b~15  TLV
For a person who blogs about Shabbat and Challah, this weeks parsha contains some pretty exciting stuff!! That `stuff` is manna.

Manna is the bread that fell from heaven for the Children of Israel (Bnei Israel) to eat during all the years in the wilderness after ADONAI delivered them from the hands of the Egyptians and brought them out of bondage through the Red Sea.

The manna itself was not like `solid` bread that you see in my photos of challah!
It was something more like flakes.  I imagine it like snow.  It is described as a thin dew-like frost forming a layer when it settled on the ground.

The word in Hebrew for manna, which is `man` actually means `What is it?` because when Bnei-Israel saw it, they said to one another "What is it?".

Moses replied that "It is the bread that ADONAI has given you to eat."  In  Exodus 16:16 he describes about how it is to be gathered,  an omer for each person.  After gathering it, they were to take it into their tents and prepare it or bake it and it or boil it for those in their tent.  It would be just the amount needed for one day.  No more, no less.  They were not to save any over, or else...!!

You can read in the scripture about what would happen if they took more than was needed!!

For this post, the thing about the manna I wanted to talk about is how the Challah we make on Shabbat is a way of remembering this first `bread` that ADONAI sent from Heaven to sustain His people. 

On the sixth day they were given a double portion of manna, so there would be enough for the next day of rest on Shabbat.   Today, many people bake two loaves of challah for Shabbat to commemorate the double  portion of manna that fell for Shabbat !

Not only did God lovingly feed the Children of Israel in all the years in the wilderness, but the manna was also a way to teach them---and to teach us all these generations later---about the commandment of Shabbat and about trusting God as Provider.  And as a test, `to find out whether they will walk according to My Torah or not. So on the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather day  by day."----Exodus 16:4A~5 

The challah cover represents the layer of dew that covered the manna
Another custom  that commemorates the manna is the use of a challah cover.  There are a few reasons for the challah cover, besides just the beauty of making a special cloth.   One reason is to cover the challah during the first blessings and the blessing over the wine, while it is `waiting` for the special blessing of the bread.
Another reason is its symbolic meaning.  The board under the challah represents the ground on which the manna fell, then the double portion of bread is to represent the manna, and then the challah cover is the layer of dew that `covered` the manna.  It becomes a special way of remembering and re-creating the experience of the manna.  It gives the bread we make on Shabbat a special connection to this Bread of Life that was given in the Exodus from Egypt.

As Messianic Believers in Yeshua, we also remember our Salvation and freedom in Yeshua,  as Yeshua himself is the Bread of Life.  As He is also our Sabbath rest, the double meaning of the manna takes on new life.

"Amen, amen I tell you, he who believes has eternal life.  I am the bread of life.  Your fathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.  This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat and not die.   I am the living bread, which came down from heaven.  If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever.  This bread is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."

---Yeshua`s words from John 6:47~51

 The Shabbat table is an expression of thanks for God`s provision from generation to generation and on this very day.  On Shabbat we remember that He brought our ancestors out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.   We remember the double portion and the commandment to keep this day holy, and to trust in our Provider.  We give thanks for Salvation in Yeshua, the ultimate provision and sacrifice who gives Salvation and eternal life to anyone who calls on His name.  Amen and amen. 

Behold, God is my salvation!
I will trust and will not be afraid.
For the Lord ADONAI is my strength 
and my song.
He also has become my salvation.
With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 
In that day you will say:
Give thanks to ADONAI.
Proclaim His Name!
Declare His works to the peoples,
so they remember His exalted Name.
Sing to ADONAI, for He has done gloriously.
Let this be known in all the earth.
Cry out and shout, inhabitant of Zion!
For great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel."
---Isaiah 12: 2~6

Shabbat Shalom! Tu B`Shevat Challah and Seven Fruits and Grains

                                                             Today`s Shabbat was also the holiday called Tu B`Shevat.  It is the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat (see two posts below!).

  On this day it is tradition to eat foods that are from the seven types of fruits and grains--barley, wheat, grapes, figs, pomegranates, dates/honey, and olives ---which are mentioned throughout the Torah as the main produce of Israel.

This recipe for a Biblical Challah and date butter combines these tastes.

 I made the challah using a variation of the Biblical foods that I was able to find locally in Japan.  I couldn`t find a pomegranate, but did have one ingredient that came from Israel, the famous Israeli grapefruit that I wrote about in this post below!!

God is so good.  As we are reading about the manna in this weeks Parsha, we know that He provides what we need, and everything comes from Him.  Little did I know earlier this week when I saw the Israeli grapefruit --from Jaffa --in the local supermarket,  that it would be one of the indgredients* that was called for in the recipe for this week`s Challah!! His ways are so much greater than ours!!

The grapefruit from Israel became the center of this week`s Challah and celebration of fruits!

                     Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, 
so is my lover among the sons.
In his shadow I delighted to sit,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
He has brought me to the banquet house
and his banner over me is love.
Sustain me with raisin cakes,
refresh me with apples---
for I am weak with love.             ---Song of Songs 2: 3~5

There are so many references to the spices and fruits of Israel in the Song of Songs, one of the scriptures that is read to welcome the Shabbat.  There is choice fruit, pomegranates, all the finest spices, honey from the honeycomb, and all the trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes.  These passages can touch our souls as our senses are filled with the fruits and sweetness of Shabbat.  May we prepare a Shabbat table to welcome the God of Israel into our hearts and deeper into our lives.  May we taste and see that He is good and know that His Love endures forever.

Delight in the Shabbat, Shabbat Shalom!

Shalom be upon Israel!  --Psalm 125, 128

I went down into the garden of nut trees
to look at the fruit of the valley,
to see if the vine had budded, 
or the pomegranates had bloomed.
Before I was aware, my soul sent me
among the chariots 
of my princely people.

---Song of Songs  6:11~12 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Happy Tu B`Shevat (2) & Shabbat Shalom・梅の木と雪とマナ

Then Moses and Bnei-Yisrael sang this song to ADONAI

  I will sing to ADONAI,
for He is highly exalted!

--Exodus 15:1 TLV

Friday, February 10

The snow falling this morning looked like the manna God sent from heaven.
It was big flakes of white dew-like snow, falling from heaven and forming a layer on the ground!! As we are in the Parsha Beshalach, the parsha where God gives the manna to the Israelites, it was like a Shabbat Miracle!

 I also just found out it is the New Year and Birthday for trees, called Tu B`shevat.
It falls on the same day as this week`s Shabbat.  (Sundown February 10th, to Sundown February 11th).  It is my first Tu B`shevat in Japan, and maybe in my life (though I probably celebrated it in some way when a child though I can`t remember how).

The snow falling like manna even seemed to be `dancing` around  the Ume (Plum) Tree.  May today be a day to dance a joyous dance and wish a Happy Birthday to your favorite tree.  May we give thanks the God of Heaven for all that He provides.  And remember the test of the manna in the desert, that we should know that all provision comes from heaven, and that His heavenly provision comes in just the amounts we need.  This weeks Torah portion can be found starting in Exodus chapter 13.  In it we see the first teaching about Shabbat, and how God set apart this day of rest and provides a double portion of manna.   It is also the Torah Portion of Moses and Miriam`s song of Praise and declaration of Faith in ADONAI  after the `showdown` at the Sea of Reeds (Red Sea).  For the full list of weekly readings see here.  This weeks readings are:

Torah:  Exodus 13:17~17:16
Haftarah:  Judges 4:4~5:31
Brit Chadashah: Revelation 19:1~20:6 

and the Holiday readings for Tu B`Shevat, New Year for Trees (15th of Shevat):
Psalm 104:16~17
Psalms 120~134
Matthew 7:13~24, 7:28~29
Delight in the Shabbat! Shabbat Shalom! Happy Tu B`Shevat!!

Then ADONAI said to Moses, "Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you.  The people will go out and gather a day`s portion every day, so that I can test them to find out whether they will walk according to My Torah or not.  So on the sixth day, when they prepare what they might bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather day by day."

---Exodus 16:4 TLV





イスラエル人はこれを見て、「これは何だろう」と互いに言った。彼らはそれが何か知らなかったからである。モーセは彼らに言った。「これはがあなたがたに食物として与えてくださったパンです。」   出エジプト16:13〜15

イスラエルの家は、それをマナと名づけた。それはコエンドロの種のようで、白く、その味は蜜をいれたせんべいのようであった。   出エジプト16:31









Thursday, February 9, 2017

Happy Tu B`Shvat from Japan!

 post in progress!
 thank you to my new blog friend at The Real Jerusalem Streets for making me aware  of this day!!
I just learned we are still in time for Tu B`Shevat, a Jewish Holiday that is the New Year for Trees!

It will be this Shabbat, so there is even time still if you are considering celebrating this day, to make a Biblical Challah perfect for the occasion. Here is the Link, stay tuned for how the Challah comes out and hopefully some nice photos of our neighboring Ume (Plum Blossom ) tree, for a Japan-Jewish-Israeli celebration!! Happy Tu B`Shevat! and guess what?  Remember the Israeli Grapefruit I found in the post below?  In the Challah recipe it even calls from zest from a Jaffa orange, so I will plan to use the zest from the Jaffa Grapefruit!.  If you are local, please let me know as surely there will be plentiful Challah to share!!

Blessings and Shalom from Japan,


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Grapefruit from Israel・イスラエル産のグレプフルッツ

Limited time only! Grapefruits from Israel, Ruby

It was a great surprise to see this sign and the grapefruit...from Israel! in the  local supermarket in the small city where we live in South Japan.
It says `Limited! Today Only!  Grapefruit from Israel (Ruby)! 138 yen.`
I believe when we study Torah and declare to those around us the greatness of the God of Israel, that Israel comes a little closer to us wherever we are.
Praise the God of Israel!!


多分最近イスラエルの神のことをよく考えることが多くなったからでしょうか。 イスラエルのことが身近に現れるように感じます。
Shavua Tov! For a taste to go with this post  I recommend reading Psalm 138!   The number 138 (yen) in the sign on the grapefruit led me there.  Oh yes, and 150 too, and all the ones in between.  Enjoy! 
 And just for fun,  this is a list of what`s in season each month in Israel!  Israel Produce Calendar
Love from Challah and Cherry Blossoms Correspondent,


Every day I will bless You,
and praise Your Name forever and ever!
Great is ADONAI, and greatly to be praised
---His greatness is unsearchable.

---Psalm 145:2 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

On the Way home to welcome the Shabbat


Friday, February 3,
On the way home with flowers, color of milk, delight like honey, to Welcome the Sabbath day...

Shabbat Shalom!  Delight in the Shabbat.