May 28, 2008
Our Bible study group gathers for a final Shabbat meal with Bev before our last study together, Friday, May 16, 2008. From left, clockwise (Amy, Bev, Mai, Judith, one of the Paez kids, Carol, Riki, Ken, Crystal, Jessica, "Little Sister", and Babs).
For her last Friday night in Saipan, May 16, Bev requested that our Bible study group have a special meal together reflecting the Jewish tradition. So we all researched various types of Jewish cuisine and Judith and Mai studied up on some of the traditional ways of welcoming the Sabbath in the Jewish faith.
The food was fantastic: a delicious Mediterranean stew, sweet noodles, potatoe pancakes, an eggplant dish, hummus and pita bread, homemade Challah bread, and lots of pure grape juice. We ate so much that by the time it was time for our Bible study (we've been studying the 28 fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church every Friday night all school year) half our group was falling asleep! It wasn't much of a study but the fellowship and food still made for a memorable and special evening.
This blog and these photos are mainly for my friend "Yolland", one of my online aquaintances over at Interference.com who provided me with half a dozen or so mouthwatering recipes reflecting her unique Sephardic Jewish heritage-- melding the flavors of the southern U.S. where she was raised and Mediterranean tastes of her family background. Unfortunately I wasn't able to use any of those recipes, as the power went off that Friday afternoon in the two hours prior to the meal and I was unable to print them off my computer. Still I thought she'd enjoy some photos of some "Jewish-like" Christians celebrating the arrival of another precious Sabbath day.
Hope you enjoy, "Yolland" and thanks again for the recipes. I will definitely make them all eventually and report to you how they turned out!
Babs about to light the Sabbath candles.
Judith reads a traditional Sabbath blessing.
Mai reads a blessing for the bread (which she made from scratch!)
Mai breaks the bread.