Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Shabbat on the Galilee

Shabbat on the Galilee

We went on the boat on Shabbat for a worship "cruise" before the sun went down.
It was a piece of eternity to be on the boat on Shabbat, Misha and Marty gave a "concert" of praise and worship songs.  The wind was blowing.  We broke bread together and shared in the Friday night Kiddush prayers.  Even with the wind, everything was so calm as we were held in the hands of the hand of the Man from Galilee.  I must say when the boat returned to shore, I hadn't even realized that the boat had been moving, it was so much like being suspended in time!!

♬May God bless you and grant you long lives.
May the Lord fulfill our Sabbath prayer for you.
May  God make you good mothers and wives.
May He send you husbands who will care for you.
May the Lord protect and defend you.
May the Lord preserve you  from pain.
Favor them, Oh Lord, with happiness and peace.
Oh, hear our Sabbath prayer. Amen 

(lyric from Sabbath Prayer song from Fiddler on the Roof)

Shabbat shabbat Shabbat shabbat Shalom♡
Love, Shayndel

credit note about the tour, L'Dor v'dor (meaning in Hebrew, generation to generation)Tour is led by Marty and Misha Goetz and their family.  It is a wonderful tour and chance to see the Land of Israel while worshiping and sharing the 10 days with a wonderful and loving group.
Next years trip is already available so do check it out !!

photo credit: to  my new  friend  and sister from the tour J G! Thank you!

Monday, June 3, 2019

Challah Diary--- "at home" in Israel--On the Galillee at that!

I call this  challah post  "at home" because it tells how at home I felt coming down for breakfast in the hotel in Israel and seeing that wonderful Challah!!


      If you turn back your foot from Shabbat, from doing your pleasure on My holy day and call Shabbat a delight, the holy day of ADONAI honorable... then you will delight yourself in ADONAI and I will let you ride over the heights of the earth, I will feed you with the heritage of your father Jacob.   For the mouth of ADONAI has spoken.  
Isaiah 58:13

I have many photos and posts I want to share from the Israel trip .  Photos of the sites that you may even be waiting (?!!:)) to see,  and of our tour, but somehow the photos that I was moved to post next were these of the Challah at the hotel on the Galilee for Shabbat breakfast.  
On this blog,  I don't like to go too many posts without sharing a Challah!
We don't get too many moments like this in Japan!, where a Shabbat table is set and awaiting with Challah enough to feed the multitudes!!  

You may also have noticed, the beautiful pink slices of Israeli Grapefruit!! I have written about the Israeli grapefruit, and how excited I was to find them in Japan.
Imagine how much more exciting it was to find Israeli grapefruits on the buffet table in Israel!!

There is something of a parable here you might even be noticing!  The Kingdom of Heaven is like a Shabbat. 


Blintzes!   These are the real thing!

Israeli grapefruit, in Israel!!

This sign in the hotel announces the time for sunset and candle lighting on the eve of Shabbat
Challah on Shabbat, like a homecoming of sorts!!  Perhaps this really is where I belong!

Where else in the world can you go to Shabbat breakfast at the hotel and go straight to the challah?  Where else in the world is the Calendar set on God's time!?
Where else in the world can you feel so at home where you are on the same time as the rest?!!
(pun intended---the rest, being the Sabbath day of rest, as well as "all the rest" of the people )
All the breakfasts in Israel were heavenly, but I must say this was one where heaven really felt like home!!

note:  I know as I write this there are those in Israel who are hungry and cannot have this kind of Challah breakfast.  So I realize what a luxury it also is.  But still I share this because there is in each of our souls a way that we connect to a place and to our Maker, and I know that He wanted to share this sense of "home" on  my one Shabbat this trip in the land of Israel.  

A wonderful testimony is that when I returned to Japan and made a challah using some of the Date honey I brought back from Israel,  and brought it to share with some brothers and sisters, God took the challah right from our hands and gave it into the hands of someone who was hungry.  I believe He will use the experiences of this "homecoming" trip to Israel in new ways.  I continue to pray He will open up ways to share the Challah I make, and the Bread of Life, here where I live until I am called "home" once more!!

note 2:  now that I got the Challah post out of the bag, I will hope to follow up with other site visit posts.  Oh, though first there is another Shabbat post on the way, as we are still on the Galillee...

 note 3:  just another part of a personal story, one of the scriptures that was on my heart when I went , knowing we would be in the Galilee, was the scene in John 21 where Yeshua appears to the disciples.  It was a "breakfast " scene.  I will come back to that scripture in a post or two to follow, but for now for my diary reference noting here where

Yeshua said to them, "Come, have breakfast."  None of the disciples dared ask Him, "Who are You"--knowing it was the Lord.  Yeshua comes and takes the bread and gives it to them....
John 21:4

Thank you Yeshua!