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Beginning with Moses: The Palm Branch

The Palm Branch
Beginning with Moses: The Palm Branch
By Tammy L. Priest • Issue #3 • View online
As summer draws to an end, we begin looking toward the High Holy Days: The Feast of Trumpets and the Day of Atonement, the holiest days on the Jewish calendar.
The month leading up to this holy season is filled with a powerful messianic image, which you’ll read about in this month’s devotion.
Also, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that I’ve been a bit obsessed with the fig tree in my new backyard. And so - no surprise - this month’s newsletter also features a few figgy things!

THE KING IS IN THE FIELD
This month we begin looking toward the High Holy Days with expectation, and also maybe with a little trepidation. But there’s a rabbinic parable that reminds us of the compassionate heart of the One who sits on the judgement seat…
The King is in the Field
WHAT'S NEW?
In a recent episode of Challah Day (my Friday afternoon vodcast) I shared a little bit about the biblical phrase “under the fig tree.” Here’s a link to the video, or listen to the audio on your favorite podcast platform!
In 2019, I wrote the script for a unique Christmas production. It was an incredible experience to be part of that team. I’m so pleased that the script is now available for wider use!
Light is Born (Christmas Musical Script)
TASTE & SEE
One of the most delightful discoveries at our new house is the prolific backyard fig tree. I’ve made fig bruschetta, roasted figs, almond fig cake, and countless jars of fig jam - which, for a complete novice, was quite rewarding. Below is the recipe for the almond fig cake. It’s sweet but not too sweet - perfect for a summer dessert…or breakfast…or snacktime!
Early morning fig harvest in my backyard. This is my favorite photo of the season!
Early morning fig harvest in my backyard. This is my favorite photo of the season!
Ok. This cake was so delicious that everyone dug into it before I could take a picture on the pretty plate! So here's a pic straight from the oven, before I even brushed on the glaze...
Ok. This cake was so delicious that everyone dug into it before I could take a picture on the pretty plate! So here's a pic straight from the oven, before I even brushed on the glaze...
Almond Fig Cake
Ingredients:
  • 10-12 large fresh figs, stems removed, and halved
  • 1.5 C almond flour
  • ½ C all purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt
  • 1/5 tsp baking powder
  • ½ C unsalted butter
  • ¾ C sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 2 TBSP fig jam (or apricot, peach, or orange jam)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350, and grease a 9" tart pan, cake pan or other similarly-sized pan.
Combine almond flour, all-purpose flour, salt and baking powder. In separate bowl (or stand mixer), cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in room-temperature eggs one at a time; add extracts and zest. Slowly add the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into pan. Top batter with figs, cut size facing up.
Bake on center rack at 350 for 40-50 minutes, until edges are browned. Spread the 2TBSP of preserves on top while the cake is warm, to create a thin glaze. Cool before serving.
Enjoy!
I love palm trees for all sorts of reasons: from the fact that my name is from "palm tree" in Hebrew...to my desire to lay down my life before Jesus like those palm branches on the road to Jerusalem. (This is a photo I took during a recent trip to the Holy Land
I love palm trees for all sorts of reasons: from the fact that my name is from "palm tree" in Hebrew...to my desire to lay down my life before Jesus like those palm branches on the road to Jerusalem. (This is a photo I took during a recent trip to the Holy Land
Did you enjoy this issue?
Tammy L. Priest

Welcome to The Palm Branch, the monthly newsletter of Beginning with Moses. As a Jewish follower of Jesus, I love to share about intersections between the Old and New, exploring ways that these intersections enrich our understanding of who Jesus was and is. Each issue includes an article with messianic insights, information about recent ministry happenings, and a favorite Jewish recipe {usually from my grandma's cookbook}. If there are specific rituals, holidays, etc., you'd ever like me to share about, please let us know!
Shalom,
Tammy Priest

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