The word for date in hebrew is tamri, similar to the word sheyitamu "may they be consumed", the accompanying blessing that many people make on Rosh Hashanah asks that our enemies be consumed. This summer I was in Israel where I felt firsthand the devastation that comes from the baseless hatred of the enemies of the Jewish people. In truth, the enemy of the Jews is a threat to all peoples because in each generation we fight more than a group of oppressors; we are truly fighting against the blindness and darkness that comes from a lack of light and truth in the world. Here at Joy of Kosher we have thousands of recipes which, yes, taste amazing, but more importantly are part a mission to be hiddur l'mitzvah, to beautify the mitzvah of kosher. We hope that the holiday and year-round kosher recipes we share bring simcha (happiness) to your homes and helps you to beautify the incredible joy, and responsibility, that is keeping kosher. Shanah Tovah U'Mesukah!
Orange Date Challah finds a balance between the bright and the savory when it comes to a perfect challah. The two flavors play well together, but if you prefer skip the orange and instead ad caramelized onions for a very unique challah.
Date and Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs or Date Glazed Roast Chicken are two easy ways to incorporate dates into the main course. The recipe calls for honey, by which we mean date (silan) honey. When we call Israel the land of milk and honey, it's referring to date honey. Bulgur with Carrots, Nut and Dates would be a great side to serve with either chicken, if you don't eat nuts on Rosh Hashanah then substitute them with roasted squash seeds or pumpkin seeds.
Roasted Apples with Date Honey are a quick and healthy dessert to serve after your seudah and would also be great as dessert during holiday lunches. The Cranberry Date Bars are also a great option for dessert, serve them warm with a side of pareve vanilla ice cream and watch them disappear!
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