parsha foodporn: Parshat Ha’azinu 

“He found him in a desert region, in an empty howling waste. He engirded him, watched over him, guarded him as the apple of His eye.”

Parshat Ha’azinu depicts the past, present, and future relationship between the Jewish people and God. It begins discussing the love that He continues to bestow upon the nation. On blind faith, the people followed Moses into the desert where HaShem then cared for them, protected them and loved them like the “apple” of his eye.

The sages explain that just as the eyelid shields the eye from even the smallest particle of dirt, so too God defends us.

The parsha then concludes with the beautiful song of Moses before his death, a final request of him by God: “Now, write for you this song, and teach it to the children of Israel…” (Music signifies profound expression and sincere happiness from within the soul.) “Place it into their mouths, so that this song will be for Me as a witness to the children of Israel.” The Jewish nation will sing and be reminded He is their guardian.

This Shabbat, be aware of the absolute love God has for each of us and, while sipping this seasonal apple cider, be reminded not only of the joyous song of protecion “place[d] in our mouths,” but also that we are the “apple” of His eye. Shabbat Shalom! @themodernpalette

SWEET APPLE CIDER

ingredients

  • 8 apples, cleaned and cut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • sliced apples
  • cinnamon sticks
  • red wine, optional

preparations

  1. In a large pot, mix chopped apples with enough water to cover the apples. Heat over low flame.
  2. Add sugar and spices and boil on a high flame.
  3. Once boiling, lower the flame and let the mixture sit for at least one hour.
  4. Carefully remove the apples and either with a blender or even a fork mash the apples.
  5. Add the apples back to the liquid and let cool.
  6. Once cool, strain the liquid until you get every last drop. It’s that good! You’ll thank me.
  7. Reheat in a large pot. I boil mine before Shabbat and keep it next to my soup. It’s great to serve with your Friday night dessert!
  8. Add a splash of red wine (optional) and garnish with apple slices and cinnamon.

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