ROSH HASHANNAH COUNTDOWN – DAY 4

Posted on September 25, 2011. Filed under: Apples, Cakes, Desserts, Honey, Jewish, Kosher Recipe, Lemons, My Ramblings, Paerve, Parve, Recipes, Rosh Hashannah Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |


WHAT IF?

We think about the story of Adam and Eve frequently during our lives. We think how nice it would be if Adam and Eve had not eaten the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge. But do we really think about what that would mean?

ADAM AND EVE

1. What would our lives be like if Adam and Eve lived for eternity with all of their off-spring doing the same? I don’t think we’d all fit on this earth. So what would happen then? We would know no evil, so there would be no wars, so would we all starve to death? We wouldn’t know anger, so again, where would we all live?

2. If we didn’t have knowledge of good and evil, what would we do all day? Wouldn’t our lives be dull? We wouldn’t have to think if we didn’t have to choose which direction our life should go in. There would be only one direction…the straight and narrow. I think we would bore G-d in a very short time if we were blind sheep going through the motions of living day by day. You see, I like the theory that G-d has created us for his own game. Yes, hopefully, at the end of his game there will be a grand purpose to our lives, but first we need to let him play the game out. We need to do our part to make it a challenge (to a point) for him, thus we need free will. (I’m not really a free will type of person, I believe more that G-d has a grand final plan for us, but I do believe in free will…kind of a 50-50 chance type of belief.) You can’t have free will without knowledge of the good and the bad.

3. I also see G-d as a mischievous entity. In that light, could the serpent (who may have not been evil at all) have been G-d? Could he have taken on that persona to not only test us, but to direct us in the direction he wanted us to go? Wouldn’t G-d want us to experience life, so when his plan is revealed we can be worthy, not just robots?

4. So why did G-d make women suffer so for the sin of Eve? Does he really hate women? No, I don’t believe he does. I think he revels in women as he has given us such an important role to play. I think he makes us suffer in child birth in order to make us appreciate the gift of a life he gives us with each new child born. And, as Jews, we experience the knowledge of good and bad and often say, “without the bad, how could we appreciate the good?”, so wouldn’t G-d be the encourager of this attitude?

5. Also, if we didn’t have the good, the bad and the ugly (and the beautiful too), how could we soar to such marvelous heights as to be able to celebrate G-d and his love for us, and how could we make such important discoveries such as penicillin, the wheel, fire, water irrigation, the computer? Isn’t it through such things we feel a sense of pride and a reason for being?

6. And perhaps G-d has given us this knowledge so that when we do meet him in what we call “death” we will be truly thankful and know we did accomplish something, no matter how small that something is.

A Sweet Treat

So, when you go to Temple this Rosh Hashanah, think about these things, and please, share your thoughts here with us. Just leave a comment to this post with your feelings and ideas on this topic. Whatever you do while being in Temple this year, don’t just go through the motions. Think about what you are reading in the prayers and in the Torah and Haftorah portions. Wonder about your interpretation of what is really being said. Don’t sleep through the Rabbi’s sermon this year. Listen with an open mind. Most of all make this a wonderful New Year for you and for your family and friends.

To make this year a bit sweeter, here is today’s honey cake recipe.

Surprise your loved ones with this heart shaped cake!

Heart-Shaped Honey Apple Cake
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Makes 9 servings

1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
1-1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 cup water
1 cup (1 medium) pared, cored, & chopped apple
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Honey Apple Topping (Recipe at the end)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time; beat after each addition. Beat in honey and lemon peel.

Combine flour, baking powder, soda, spices and salt; mix well. Add to creamed mixture alternately with water; begin and end with dry ingredients.

Stir in apples and nuts.

Turn into greased and floured 9-inch heart-shaped or round cake pan.

Bake at 325°F for 45 to 55 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.

Cool completely. Brush top of cake with sauce from Honey Apple Topping; arrange topping on cake.

Nutrition: 349 Calories * 11.7 g Fat Total * 4.9 g Protein * 58.2 g
Carbohydrates * 250 mg Sodium * 86 mg Cholesterol * 2.0 g Dietary Fiber * 30.1%
Calories from Fat *

Honey Apple Topping

1/3 cup honey
2 Tablespoons rose wine
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 medium apples

Heat honey, rose wine and lemon juice. Core and slice 2 medium apples; add to honey. Cook until tender and glazed; turn slices halfway through cooking. Makes topping for 1 9-inch cake.

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