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Beginning with Moses: The Palm Branch

The Palm Branch
Beginning with Moses: The Palm Branch
By Tammy L. Priest • Issue #4 • View online
As September draws to a close, the holiest days on the Jewish calendar come into view. Rosh Hashanah, the “Head of the Year” begins at sundown on Sunday, September 25, and begins the ten-day countdown to the Day of Atonement. In this issue, I share about the biblical roots and purpose of Rosh Hashanah, the significance of the sabbath between the two High Holy Days, and my grandma’s recipe for honey cake - a traditional Rosh Hashanah treat!

HIGH HOLY DAYS / ROSH HASHANAH
What are the biblical roots and purpose of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish “New Year”), and how is this feast - with its honey and ram’s horns - connected to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement?
Apples & Honey & Trumpets, Oh My!
WHAT'S NEW?
The parable of the one lost sheep is one that’s been troubling me recently. In my latest article, I explain why, as well as how God led me to the other side of that angst. I’m honored that the article is featured in Fathom Magazine’s 50th issue! I love this publication, and am grateful that several of my articles have been included in its digital pages…
COUNTING SHEEP • Fathom Mag
The sabbath between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is a special one. It’s called Shabbat Shuvah, or the Sabbath of Return. Here is a link to the Challah Day vodcast where I share about its significance and how it speaks to us on this side of the Cross.
"Today is Shabbat Shuvah, the Sabbath of Return..."
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
TASTE & SEE
“Honey is a key ingredient in Rosh Hashonah menu-making…it is the hopeful symbol that anticipates a sweet year.” - my Grandma Arliene
So here is the {tweaked} honey cake recipe from Grandma Arliene & my great-aunt Gabe!
In my grandma's words, this recipe "Makes one honey of a honey cake!"
In my grandma's words, this recipe "Makes one honey of a honey cake!"
Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake
Ingredients:
  • 2 C unsifted flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 TBSP instant coffee
  • ½ C water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2/3 C honey
  • ½ C oil
  • 4oz blanched, chopped almonds + extra for garnish (optional)
  • 1 TBSP brandy extract
  • 1 TBSP grated orange peel
  • confectioner’s sugar for dusting (optional)
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350, and grease a 9x5x3 loaf pan. (You can also use mini bundt cake pans, cupcake tins, etc.)
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. Dissolve coffee in water; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and sugar until light. Add honey and oil; combine well. Mix in flour mixture alternately with dissolved coffee. Add almonds, brandy extract and orange peel.
Pour into greased pan(s) and bake at 350 for 1 hour, or until a knife comes out clean. If you used smaller pans, baking time will be less. Wait until the cake is fully cooled before sprinkling with confectioner’s sugar. Sprinkle with extra almonds.
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
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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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