Parsha Mishpatim sets forth dozens of laws that follow the revelation at Sinai.  From laws that govern ethical conduct like the prohibition against murder, assault and theft to laws introducing kashrus and sacrificial offerings.  We are the People of the Book, but it is not what we read that defines us as a people.  We subscribe to a system of justice that is ancient and eternal.   It is a promise and a challenge to live up to the high standards to which we are subject.   This week as we begin our Shabbat meal, we meditate on the meaning of justice with an appetizer that “scales” the heights of deliciousness.

All the recipes on this menu are twists on tradition and call be made ahead so you don't need to rush home too early from work on Friday. 

White Fish with Phyllo and Sesame

White Fish with Phyllo and Sesame

Phyllo is light and crisp and is the perfect shell for the fish filling. 

Date Glazed Roast Chicken

Date Glazed Roast Chicken

The sweetness of natural dates dress this chicken up with flavors and texture you wouldn't believe. 

Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Chestnuts

wild rice with mushrooms and chestnuts

Peeled, ready to eat chestnuts are a pantry staple that work to transform a dish in seconds.  This recipe shows how great chestnuts can be. 

Green Beans with Walnut and Green Olive Tapenade

Green Beans with Walnut and Green Olive Tapenade

Coat your green beans with tapenade for a salty treat. 

Cinnamon Bun Cake by Nechama

cinnamon bun cake final

This cinnamon bun cake was one of the first recipe contest winners on this site many years ago and it's still a winner. 

For last year's Shabbat Menu Mishpatim click here.