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Shabbat Menu – Raise a Glass to Good Taste


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This week’s parsha includes a remarkable exemption from combat for those who either just built a home, planted a vineyard, married, or are afraid.  We can easily understand why to exempt a coward.  And as any new bride can appreciate, the first year without seeing your husband would be a grave injustice.  For the other categories, the Rabbis explain that it would be unfair to deny one who has exerted the extraordinary effort to build a home or plant a vineyard, the chance to enjoy the fruits of his labors.  I think these exemptions also reflect the values of creating a sustainable community and sanctifying your labor with the fruit of the vine.   Wine is a partnership between those who work the land and Hashem who creates the daily miracle of sun, water and air that makes great wine possible.  This week we highlight a Shabbat menu that includes wine in each course – raise a glass to good taste.

Orange Trout Salad with Spiced Walnuts

Brisket in Wine Sauce

Champagne Sweetened Lentils

Simply Sauteed Green Beans

Apple Walnut Granita

For last year’s Shabbat menu Shoftim click here

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




2 Responses to Shabbat Menu – Raise a Glass to Good Taste

  1. avatar says: Ernest

    Hi, I was always taught that one does not eat lentils on Shabbat, and never during Nisan. The reasons, during the year lentils are considered to be mourning food – while it is okay to eat them during the week – we do not eat them on Shabbat, one does not mourn on Shabbat. As lentils were considered the food of slaves in Mitzrayim – as a honour to HaShem we abstain from them during the month of Celebration for our Deliverance, Cheers Avi

  2. I never heard that before and I am sad to think of lentils as a mourning food. Do you think it makes a different what kind of lentils? Like maybe the fancy French lentils are ok. Thanks for sharing.

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