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10 Important Reasons Why Christians Should Study Hebrew
Guest contribution: Susan Nelson - Woman of Noble Character There are many benefits for Christians to learn biblical Hebrew. I’ll share just ten below. 10 Benefits of Studying Hebrew 1. It is Considered the Holy Language Hebrew is the original language of the Bible. It is called the “Holy Language” (lashon ha’kodesh). Hebrew is the language in which the Lord spoke the Torah to Moses, and it is also the language in which the prophets shared their revelations. If you want to know the Old Testament (Tanakh in Hebrew) better, you will want to study Hebrew. 2. Jesus Knew and Spoke Hebrew Jesus both spoke and read Hebrew. And when we had all fallen to the ground, I heard a voice saying to me in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ – Acts 26:14 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Luke 4:16-20 Hebrew is the foundational language of the New Testament. In fact, all the original authors of the New Testament were Jews who spoke and read Hebrew. And when he had given him permission, Paul, standing on the steps, motioned with his hand to the people. And when there was a great hush, he addressed them in the Hebrew language, saying: – Acts 21:40 And when they heard that he was addressing them in the Hebrew language, they became even more quiet. And he said: – Acts 22:2 (ESV) As a Christian, learning Hebrew will give you new insight into the meaning and context of the New Testament. Many Christians have traveled or desire to travel to the Holy Land, and having a basic understanding of the Hebrew language would be of great benefit if traveling to Israel. It would be an amazing experience to learn the same language and study the very scriptures that Jesus did! Although Aramaic was the language he would have probably spoken, Hebrew was the language of the synagogues in Jesus’ time as it is today. Since Jesus was raised in a Jewish home, he would have learned the Torah (the first five Old Testament books) in Hebrew, as all Jewish boys did. He was conversing with religious leaders in the synagogue, in Hebrew, when he was twelve years old (Luke 2:39-52)! 3. Hebrew Was and Is the Language of the Synagogue During Jesus’ time on earth, the Torah was regularly read at the synagogues. In fact, throughout the over 2,000 years since even before Christ was born, the study and recitation of Hebrew have helped unite the Jewish people with a common form of expression and worship. Jews have been praying the same blessings, chanting the same Scriptures, and studying the same texts for literally thousands of years. Studying Hebrew will help you appreciate the Jewish roots of Christianity and make you a more understanding witness to the Hebrews. 4. God is the God of Both Jews and Christians If God sent his Son to save all the people of the world, then the gospel is for all people. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. – Galatians 3:28 (ESV) Heaven will include people from all cultures and languages, then why would he inspire the writing of a Bible that could only be read by certain people many years ago? God inspired the original writings and the translation of those languages. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, – Revelation 7:9 5. Learning Hebrew Helps Us to Understand the Scriptures Better Anytime you translate between languages, some words or phrases will be “lost in translation.” For example, in Hebrew, shalom is the word for peace. But it means so much more than that. Its full Hebrew meaning covers completeness, welfare, prosperity, perfection, soundness, safety, health, and more. However, when translated into English, nearly everywhere it appears in the bible, it is simply translated as “peace.” We can’t blame the Bible translators. Most are well-educated and have deep knowledge of Hebrew and English to ensure the correct meaning is used. The problem is that there are great differences between the two languages. Another potential issue in translation is the way that the translator translates or what they believe the correct translation to be. It can be subjective. “Therefore the Lord, the God of Israel, declares: ‘I promised that your house and the house of your father should go in and out before me forever,’ but now the Lord declares: ‘Far be it from me, for those who honor me I will honor, and those who despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” 1 Samuel 2:30 (ESV) bold, mine And compare it to: “Therefore, this is the declaration of the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘I did say that your family and your forefather’s family would walk before me forever. But now,’ this is the Lord’s declaration, ‘no longer! For those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disgraced.” – 1 Samuel 2:30 (CSB) bold, mine They are close but certainly different. If, however, we look at the original Hebrew, the root word for disgraced or lightly esteemed, in Hebrew, it is qalal, which includes both lightly esteemed and disdained but also trifling, treated with contempt, dishonored, cursed, and insignificant. Neither of the above translations is technically wrong, but neither fully conveys the word's deeper meaning. The Christian student of the Hebrew language will shed light on this inevitable confusion. By learning to understand Hebrew – both the word meanings and how the words relate to the context, one gains a greater overall understanding of the scriptures in relation to their original intended language. 6. To Better Understand Jewish Culture Hebrew is the only ancient language to continue to be a modern spoken language. Today Hebrew still serves as the language of Judaism around the world and is also the official language of the state of Israel. Learning Hebrew for Christians will help you to appreciate better modern Jewish culture and the people living in Israel. It will also help you to understand the culture and customs of your Jewish friends and neighbors. In addition, do you recall certain saying by your parents or grandparents? For example, one hand washes another or “takes the cake.” These are called idioms. There are many Hebrew idioms or sayings in the bible. Martin Luther calls these expressions “Hebraisms” or “Hebrew expressions.” By translating from the Hebrew word for word, the meaning of some of these expressions understood in Jewish culture is lost. Here’s an example from Exodus 3:8: and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. – Exodus 3:8 (ESV) bold, mine God tells the Israelites that he will bring them to a good land, a “land flowing with milk and honey.” Clearly, the land isn’t flowing literally with milk and honey but rather is a land with good and fertile soil for them. There are many others, but we’ll look at just one more. In Romans 12:20, Paul uses an idiom from Hebrew culture when he quotes Proverbs 25:21-22. To the contrary, “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” – Romans 12:20 (ESV) bold, mine In our modern culture, heaping burning coals on someone’s head will get you thrown in jail. It’s not a literal phrase, however. It is simply overcoming evil with good. Throughout scripture, we read many times that God wants us to love even our enemies. Finally, scripture is filled with poetry and song. However, the structure of poetry and song is lost in the translation from Hebrew to English. A good bit of the Old Testament was written in song or poem form to help with the memorization of scripture or clarify concepts. This structure is lost when these scriptures are translated into English, where the verses then lose their form or cadence. Learning Hebrew for Christians will help you to discover the deeper meaning of God’s Holy Word beyond a simple translation. 7. To Gain Deeper Understanding During Your Bible Study Another reason why Christians should study Hebrew is to make you a better student of the Bible. Both the Old and New Testaments are unmistakably Jewish. The authors of the books of scripture were all Jews who knew not just the Hebrew language but the ways of Jewish thinking. One of the main reasons Christians should study Hebrew is that you cannot completely understand the meaning of the New Testament writers without understanding of the Hebrew mindset that underlies their message. Many issues in doctrine arise because non-Jews have imposed a Western mindset into Jewish-written Scriptures. 8. To Better Understand Jewish Concepts and Other Writing This relates to a better understanding of Jewish culture. However, learning biblical Hebrew will also help you to appreciate the struggle of the Jewish people through history and help you to sympathize with their circumstances and plight. Additionally, as a Christian studying Hebrew, you will understand the importance of Shabbat, the Jewish Holidays, and how they are best understood from a Messianic perspective. 9. To Strengthen our Relationship with God. As Christians, our greatest priority is to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. As we study His Word, we learn of His character and walk in closer fellowship with Him. Since the Bible, written in Hebrew, is where we learn of Him, we should be earnest students of it. In order to understand its truth, learning Hebrew for Christians will assist us in learning in a deeper, more meaningful way. New LinkWe could read and study the Bible every day, but by learning Hebrew for Christians, we could grow in His Word in a way we couldn’t if we didn’t study biblical Hebrew. Learning Hebrew, as a Christian, allows us to incorporate the insight of the Hebrew language and phrases into our studies. To deepen our understanding of the Bible, we must immerse ourselves in the study of it. This is a primary reason why Christians should study Hebrew. 10. To Grow as a Christian Leader Most Christian leaders and Pastors who honor the Scriptures encourage their flock to examine scripture in the Hebrew text. Even Martin Luther wrote: “The Hebrew language is the best language of all … If I were younger, I would want to learn this language, because no one can really understand the Scriptures without it. For although the New Testament is written in Greek, it is full of Hebraisms and Hebrew expressions. It has therefore been aptly said that the Hebrews drink from the spring, the Greeks from the stream that flows from it, and the Latins from a downstream pool.” Be it a blogger, Pastor, or ministry leader, learning Hebrew for Christians will greatly enhance your own understanding of the scripture and allow you to share it more effectively with others. One Final Note on Why Christians Should Study Hebrew. Jesus told his disciples that not one “jot” or “tittle” will pass away from the Law until all is fulfilled. “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” – Matthew 5:18 (NKJV) The word “jot” (or iota in the Greek New Testament) refers to the smallest Hebrew letter, which is “Yod.” The word “tittle” (keraia in Greek) refers to the “horn,” which is the smallest stroke of a Hebrew letter. (This would be like the serif of a current typeface). If even the tiniest stroke of the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet was important to Jesus, and if we, as Christians, revere the Scriptures as He did, it would also be important for us to take care to pay attention to even the smallest details of scripture. However, how can we even know what a “jot” or a “tittle” is without having studied the original Hebrew text? I sincerely pray that you will ask God if He desires you to learn biblical Hebrew.. Are you ready to learn Hebrew for Christians? I have a fantastic resource for you, from serious to fun and from light to intense. Hebrew Letters and Bible Study with Artza Box and Woman of Noble Character Bi-weekly on a Thursday morning (with the replay sent immediately after for those that can’t make it), we study Hebrew letters, words, play learning games and dive into Bible study to help us gain a deeper understanding of the text. Occasionally, we have Israeli cooking demonstrations and learn about Hebrew culture. It is a fabulous class with great testimonials. Join us by registering here.
Israeli cultureSukkot / Festival of Tabernacles 2023 Sukkot is known by many names: Feast of Shelters, Feast of Booths, Feast of Ingathering, and The Feast of Tabernacles. What is Sukkot? Sukkot is a week-long Jewish holiday that celebrates the fall harvest. It is one of the most joyful festivals in Judaism, bringing families, friends and communities together. Sukkot is one of the three major pilgrimage festivals (Sukkot, Passover, Shavuot) and commemorates the 40 years of wilderness wanderings and the completion of the harvest or agricultural year. The Bible reveals dual significance in the Feast of Tabernacles. Agriculturally, Sukkot is Israel's "Thanksgiving." It is a joyous harvest festival celebrating the completion of the agricultural year. As a historical feast, Sukkots' main characteristic is the requirement of Israel's people to leave their homes and to dwell in temporary shelters or booths. The Jews built these booths (temporary shelters) to commemorate their deliverance from Egypt and their protection, provision, and care by the hand of God during their 40 years in the wilderness. Customs of Sukkot Many interesting customs are associated with the celebration of Sukkot. Sukkah - The booth of Sukkot is called a sukkah. The temporary shelters consist of at least three walls framed with wood and canvas, with the roof or covering made from cut branches and leaves placed loosely atop, leaving open space for the stars to be viewed and rain to enter.Decorating the Sukkah - It is common to decorate the Sukkah with flowers, leaves, and fruits. Decorating your sukkah is a celebration of Sukkot itself and will enhance the festival celebration throughout the week. Decorations for the Sukkah can get children more involved in the Sukkot celebration. Arba Minim / Four Spices - The Arba Minim / Four Spices are a set of four species of plants used in Jewish rituals during the holiday of Sukkot. *link to Arba Minim When is Sukkot 2023? Sukkot's celebration takes place on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei. It comes five days after Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. This year (2023), the festival of Sukkot begins on the evening of Friday, September 29 and ends on Friday, October 6. "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'On the fifteenth day of the seventh month, the Lord's Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.'" - Leviticus 23:34 (NIV) Why is Sukkot celebrated? The festival of Sukkot commemorates the 40-year desert journey of the Israelites following their liberation from Egypt, during which they lived in temporary booths (sukkot) and relied on God's guidance to reach the Promised Land, Israel. What are the Arba Minim / Four Spices? Lulav - A palm branch. It is typically the largest component of the Arba Minim and symbolizes the spine.Etrog - A citron fruit. It is often referred to as the "etrog," "etrog citron," or "etrog fruit." It is prized for its unique shape and fragrance and represents the heart.Hadas - Myrtle branches. Three myrtle branches are bound together, symbolizing the eyes.Arvah - Willow branches. Two willow branches are bound together, representing the lips. These four species are used together in a special ritual during Sukkot, with the ritual involving waving the lulav, etrog, hadas, and aravah in six directions (east, south, west, north, up, and down). This ritual is performed each day of Sukkot, with the exception of Shabbat, to symbolize unity, and is a way of thanking and praising God for the harvest and for the protection provided during the Israelites' desert journey. Events in Israel during the Sukkot festival. The Jerusalem March - Each year during the Sukkot holiday, the Jerusalem March paints the city with tradition, vibrant colours and a vast array of participants. Tens of thousands, both local and from around the globe, come together to joyfully parade through the streets of Jerusalem, creating a festive atmosphere that's hard to resist. For the past three decades, thousands of Christians from around the world have come to Jerusalem every fall to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles, sponsored by the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem.Succot Four Species Fair at Sarona - The vibrant festive market located at Giv’on Square, which takes place from Wed 27 September 2023 - Fri 29 September 2023, will be a treasure trove of artisanal delights, offering a rich array of wares that encapsulate the essence of Sukkot. From the symbolic "four species" to intricately designed Sukkahs and an assortment of Sukkah decorations, you'll find everything required to elevate your holiday experience.Tamar Festival - An enchanting five-day revelry, the Tamar Festival, traditionally held during Sukkot amid the awe-inspiring backdrop of Masada in Israel's Negev Desert, stands as the nation's grandest musical extravaganza. This festival showcases the talents of beloved Israeli musicians and invites the world's diverse musical heritage to harmonize within an unparalleled desert oasis. Many of the festival's sunrise concerts enable the breathtaking sunrise over the desert and the Dead Sea to provide a unique ambience serving as a stunning backdrop.Spicy Way Farm - During the joyous intermediate days of Sukkot, Spicy Way Farm in Beit-Lechem-Haglilit hosts a vibrant celebration of flavours and hues. This fiesta invites visitors to partake in creative culinary workshops centred around the deep red pepper Paprika. Attendees can immerse themselves in guided tours through the lush Paprika fields and savour delectable dishes inspired by this fiery spice, making it a truly uplifting experience for the senses. You're invited to join us as we continue our exploration of the diverse array of festivals and events in Israel. We'll be diving into Christian and historical sites, along with immersive experiences in other captivating locations throughout the Holy Land. And for those who want a fully immersive experience of the land where Jesus walked, our Artza subscription box is designed to do just that. Delivered quarterly, each locally sourced Artza box is packed with up to eight stunning handcrafted gifts, local foods, spices, art, scripture, ceramics, and so much more - each, carefully chosen from the local artisans and charities of that specific region - with the aim of bringing the Holy Land to life in the most meaningful and immersive way possible. 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Israeli cultureBest Israeli Hummus Recipe: Step-by-Step GuideWhen people think of Israeli food, one of the first things they inevitably think about is hummus. Here in Israel, we have hummus with everything! Everyone claims to have their own best recipe and favorite hummus spot, where they gather with families to enjoy this healthy and delicious dish on the weekend. Did you know that the oldest written recipe for hummus was found in an Egyptian cookbook dating back over 800 years! For our loyal Artza family, we wanted to put our very own Artza twist on this quintessential Israeli dish. So we partnered with our friends at the “Spice Road Farm” to create a custom hummus spice blend that features over 10 different natively grown spices and herbs. As we say in Hebrew, te’he-nu (Enjoy)! INSTRUCTIONS To start – mix the tablespoon of Hummus seasoning with 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a separate bowl. Mix it thoroughly, then set it on the side to allow of the flavors to seep into the oil. Take a tablespoon of chickpeas, the diced-up parsley, and the boiled egg and put them to the side – we will use these at the end. In a blender combine the remaining chickpeas, garlic cloves, salt, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, paprika, cumin (optional) and blend until creamy. Now for the fun part – pour the hummus into a serving bowl, use the back of a spoon the create a circle in the middle. Drizzle your olive oil blend over the hummus, and sprinkle the diced up parsley to garnish. And the remaining chickpeas on top of the dish, alongside the boiled egg. Sprinkle some extra hummus seasoning on top and enjoy with warm pita bread!! INGREDIENTS 1 TBSP Artza Hummus seasoning2 CANS Chickpeas4 TBSPS Tahini3 1/2 TBSPS Lemon juice9 1/2 TBSPS Olive oil3 OR 4 CLOVES Fresh garlicA PINCH OR TWO Salt1 TSP PaprikaA PINCH OF Cumin (OPTIONAL)Diced parsley (OPTIONAL) Experience the culinary wonders of Israel like never before with Artza! Indulge in tantalizing Artza recipes meticulously crafted by top chefs in Israel, using locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the Holy Land. Join the ever-growing Artza community of over 100,000 members and unlock the magic of our faith subscription box. Every three months, prepare to be amazed as a treasure trove of delights arrives at your doorstep. Discover exotic Israeli spices, mouthwatering recipes, captivating crafts, extraordinary gifts, awe-inspiring art, and so much more. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Click here to embark on an adventure of flavors, culture, and faith with Artza today!
Israeli cultureHow to Make Sumac Roast Chicken - Israeli StyleOriginally used by tanners in ancient Egypt as a natural coloring agent, Sumac today is one of Israel’s most widely used spices. With hundreds of sumac species grown all over the world, Rhus coriaria is the only species wildly grown and cultivated in Israel. With its unique piquant, lemony spice, the possibilities for using Sumac are endless! For you, Artza has chosen to share one of the most delicious recipes to transform your classic roast chicken to a dish you will absolutely love! INSTRUCTIONS Place the chicken in a bowl and add the lemon juice; 3 tablespoons olive oil; 1 1/2 tablespoons sumac; the garlic, cumin, allspice and cinnamon; and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Rub the mixture into the meat. Add the red onion and toss to coat. Cover and transfer to the refrigerator to marinate, 1 to 3 hours. Heat the oven to 37’F . Transfer the chicken, onion slices and any juices to a baking sheet and roast until the juices run clear for approx. 40 minutes. In a small skillet, cook the pine nuts in the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil until golden brown, then transfer to a paper towel to drain. To serve, heat the bread and transfer to a platter. Arrange the chicken and red onion on top. Finish with a smattering of pine nuts, sumac and chopped parsley. Drizzle any remaining roasting juices so they soak into the bread, then drizzle with a little more olive oil and enjoy!! INGREDIENTS 2 POUNDS Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks4TBS Fresh Lemon Juice4 TBS Olive Oil1 1⁄2 TBS Sumac Spice4 Garlic Cloves, Crushed1⁄2 TSP Ground Cumin1⁄2 TSP Ground Allspice1⁄4 TSP Ground CinnamonPINCH Sea SaltPINCH Black Pepper4TBS Fresh Lemon Juice1 Sliced Red Onion2 TBS Pine NutsHANDFUL Chopped ParsleyPita/flat bread For serving Experience the culinary wonders of Israel like never before with Artza! Indulge in tantalizing Artza recipes meticulously crafted by top chefs in Israel, using locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the Holy Land. Join the ever-growing Artza community of over 100,000 members and unlock the magic of our faith subscription box. Every three months, prepare to be amazed as a treasure trove of delights arrives at your doorstep. Discover exotic Israeli spices, mouthwatering recipes, captivating crafts, extraordinary gifts, awe-inspiring art, and so much more. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Click here to embark on an adventure of flavors, culture, and faith with Artza today!
Israeli cultureIn Memory's Light: 9/11 from JerusalemAt a first glance, you might assume this monument with the American flag would be in the United States. In fact, it’s in Israel and it carries a deeply meaningful story. Just outside of the bustling city of Jerusalem stands a little known, yet incredibly important, memorial nestled in the Jerusalem hills. The 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza provides a profound space in Israel to honor the victims of 9/11 and to remember the tragic events of that day. Upon arriving at the monument you’ll be stuck by the beautiful and meaningful design. A metal piece from the Twin Towers, thoughtfully donated by the City of New York, stands as the base of the monument. Upon this base is the American flag proudly waving. As it waves it ultimately becomes a torch. A beacon of light emerging from the rubble of tragedy. Surrounding the monument is the name of every victim etched into the stone. This is incredibly impactful as it makes Israel home to the only 9/11 monument outside of the United States that includes the names of all the victims. This includes 5 Israeli citizens who lost their lives that day. The monument states in both in Hebrew and English: “This metal piece, like the entire monument, is a manifestation of the special relationship between New York and Jerusalem.” Truly the 9/11 Living Memorial Plaza is a powerful symbol of the special friendship between the United States and Israel. It allows a space in Israel for Israelis to remember 9/11 and it also serves as an invitation for Americans to come and remember while being surrounded by the hills of the Holy City. Today as we remember the events of 9/11 we want to pass this torch of light from Jerusalem to you, our friends in the United States.
Israeli cultureExploring the Flavors of Israeli Cuisine: The Delights of FalafelStep into the remarkable world of Israeli cuisine, where a land brimming with cultural richness invites you on an extraordinary culinary journey. Prepare to be immersed in a vibrant tapestry of flavours, spices, and cooking techniques that intertwine with the diverse histories, traditions, and cultures of this extraordinary region. Israeli cuisine is a delightful mosaic of culinary influences from various regions and historical backgrounds. It weaves together the vibrant flavours of the Middle East, the Mediterranean, North Africa, and beyond, creating a truly unique and unforgettable experience for food lovers. As a melting pot of cultures, Israel boasts an astonishing range of culinary delights. From the fast-paced markets of Jerusalem to the coastal cities of Tel Aviv and the charming villages of Galilee, every corner of the country offers its own delectable specialities and culinary traditions. Exploring Israeli cuisine is like embarking on a captivating gastronomic adventure, where each bite tells a story of the people, the land, and the history. In this blog, we delve deep into the heart of Israeli cuisine, uncovering its hidden treasures and shedding light on one of its most beloved dishes: falafel. Falafel: Considered a culinary icon, falafel has captured the hearts and palates of locals and travellers alike. Top Israeli cuisines: Another one of the iconic dishes that comes to mind when discussing Israeli cuisine is falafel. Falafel has gained international fame for its crispy outside, and tender on the inside; these deep-fried balls or patties are made from a harmonious blend of ground chickpeas or fava beans, fragrant herbs, aromatic spices, and a touch of culinary magic. These deep-fried balls or patties are traditionally made from ground chickpeas or fava beans mixed with herbs, spices, pickles and onions. The mixture is then shaped into falafel balls or falafel patties and deep-fried until crispy and/or golden brown, depending on preference. Falafel has become synonymous with popular Israeli street food and is loved by locals and visitors alike. It is renowned for its versatility and is enjoyed as a quick snack, a filling meal, or even as a component of a larger spread of Israeli dishes. While the classic falafel is made with chickpeas, different regions and cultures have their variations. Some use fava beans instead of chickpeas, while others incorporate additional ingredients like herbs, spices, or even vegetables. The accompanying sauces and toppings can also vary, ranging from tahini and hummus to garlic sauce, pickles, and salads. Ingredients to make falafel: Simple and accessible Ingredients: Falafel ingredients are readily available and affordable. Chickpeas or fava beans, herbs, spices, and onions form the base of the mixture. This simplicity contributes to falafel's popularity, as it can be prepared at home or found at numerous street food stalls and restaurants across Israel. Where did falafel originate from? Historical Influence: Falafel's origins are believed to originate in Egypt or the Levant region. Over time, falafel has become popular throughout the Middle East, including Israel, where it has been embraced and incorporated into local cuisine. The history of falafel The history of falafel spans millennia, deeply rooted in the Middle East. The word "falafel" may have originated from the Arabic term "falāfil," derived from the word "filfil," meaning "pepper." Throughout the region, legume fritters have been enjoyed for countless generations, with variations incorporating fava beans and lentils alongside traditional chickpeas. This original Middle Eastern delicacy has stood the test of time, captivating taste buds and weaving itself into the culinary tapestry of the region. How to make Israeli-style falafel: 1 cup dried chickpeas, refrigerated overnight in water to cover by 2 inches, then drained, or 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained 1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 cup) 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes 1/2 teaspoon baking soda About 6 cups vegetable oil for frying Step 2 In a food processor, combine chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander, salt, red pepper flakes, and baking soda. Pulse just until finely chopped and crumbly. Step 3 In a large shallow skillet over moderately high heat, heat 3 inches of oil until the thermometer registers 350°F. Step 4 Using 2 teaspoons or a falafel scoop, form the mixture into approximately 1-inch-diameter balls or disks. Working in batches of 5, lower carefully into hot oil and fry, turning occasionally, until deep golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Repeat to fry the remaining falafel, returning oil to 350°F between each batch. Is falafel healthy? Falafel, a traditional Middle Eastern dish, can be healthy when prepared right. Made from chickpeas or fava beans, it's a vegan protein source, low in fat, and cholesterol-free when fried in heart-healthy oil. It provides fibre and essential vitamins packed with nutrient-rich ingredients like herbs, spices, and vegetables. Customizable and versatile, enjoy falafel in a whole wheat pita with fresh veggies for a well-rounded and nourishing meal. Discover the culinary wonders of Israel like never before with Artza! Indulge in tantalizing Artza recipes meticulously crafted by top chefs in Israel, using locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the Holy Land. Join the ever-growing Artza community of over 100,000 members and unlock the magic of our faith subscription box. Prepare to be amazed every three months as a treasure trove of delights arrives at your doorstep. Discover exotic Israeli spices, mouthwatering recipes, captivating crafts, extraordinary gifts, awe-inspiring art, and so much more. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Click here to embark on an adventure of flavours, culture, and faith with Artza today!
Israeli cultureAuthentic Israeli Sachlab Cookies: A Sweet Middle Eastern DelightOriginating from Turkey, Sachlab is made from the dried and ground up bulbs of the Sachlab Orchid flower. The secrets of Sachlab made its way across the borders to Israel, and is considered to be one of the quintessential Israeli deserts. The Sachlab blub is know to have many natural homeopathic healing effects and is often drunk in the winter to cure and sooth the common cold and flu. There are hundreds of variations of the Sachlab drink, and we can’t wait for you to try our Sachlab almond cookies. With their unique flavor and exotic taste – they are sure to impress at any table you serve them. Enjoy! INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 3 45F. Mix all the ingredients together by hand until you have a soft dough - careful not to overmix! Form 1⁄2 inch balls from the dough, place on the cookie sheet. Press an almond into the top of each ball slightly flattening the dough. Bake for 20 minutes. The cookies will stay white - you can check if the bottom is slightly golden if you’re unsure. Bete’avon! INGREDIENTS 3 CUPS Flour1⁄2 CUP Sachlab Powder Mix1⁄2 CUP Sugar1 1⁄4 CUPS Canola OilOPTIONAL TOPING Almonds Experience the culinary wonders of Israel like never before with Artza! Indulge in tantalizing Artza recipes meticulously crafted by top chefs in Israel, using locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the Holy Land. Join the ever-growing Artza community of over 100,000 members and unlock the magic of our faith subscription box. Every three months, prepare to be amazed as a treasure trove of delights arrives at your doorstep. Discover exotic Israeli spices, mouthwatering recipes, captivating crafts, extraordinary gifts, awe-inspiring art, and so much more. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Click here to embark on an adventure of flavors, culture, and faith with Artza today!
Israeli cultureA Culinary Journey: Must-Try Israeli Street FoodIsraeli cuisine is renowned for its vibrant flavors and diverse influences, and nowhere is this more evident than in its bustling street food scene. From mouthwatering falafel to irresistible sabich and savory shawarma, Israeli street food offers a sensory experience like no other. Join us on a culinary journey as we explore the must-try street foods that capture locals' and visitors' hearts and palates. 1. Falafel: The Pride of Israeli Street Food Falafel stands proudly dot the streets of Israel, tempting passersby with their aromatic allure. This crispy, deep-fried balls or patties made from ground chickpeas or fava beans, mixed with a fragrant blend of herbs, spices, pickles, and onions, are a vegetarian delight. Served in warm pita bread with tahini sauce, fresh vegetables, and a sprinkle of zesty herbs, falafel is a true gastronomic masterpiece. Where does falafel originate from? Falafel is believed to have originated in Egypt or the Levant region, which encompasses countries such as Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. Over time, falafel gained popularity throughout the Middle East and became an integral part of Israeli cuisine, where it is widely enjoyed and celebrated. 2. Sabich: A Heavenly Vegetarian Delight Another delicious vegetarian gem, Sabich, has become an Israeli street food favorite. A delightful combination of flavors and textures, Sabich features pita bread stuffed with fried eggplant slices, hard-boiled eggs, Israeli salad (chopped tomatoes and cucumbers), tahini sauce, and amba (a tangy mango pickle). Those who are passionate about street food will love this delicious food and will not want to miss out on it. Where does Sabich originate from? Sabich is a popular Israeli street food that originated in the Jewish Iraqi community. It was brought to Israel by Jewish immigrants from Iraq in the mid-20th century. The dish takes its inspiration from the traditional Iraqi breakfast of fried eggplant and hard-boiled eggs. Over time, it evolved and became a beloved Israeli sandwich, enjoyed by people from various cultural backgrounds. 3. Shawarma: The Savory Spit-Roasted Delight Shawarma is an Israeli street food classic that never fails to impress. Thinly sliced marinated meat (typically chicken, lamb, or beef) is slow-roasted on a vertical spit, resulting in succulent and tender meat. The aromatic slices are then wrapped in a fluffy pita or laffa, accompanied by an array of vibrant condiments such as tahini sauce, hummus, pickles, onions and crispy vegetables. Each bite of shawarma is a burst of savory goodness. Where does shawarma originate from? Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish that originated in the Levant region, specifically in countries such as Lebanon, Syria, and Turkey. 4. More Israeli Street Food Delights While falafel, sabich, and shawarma steal the spotlight, Israeli street food has so much more to offer. Indulge in tantalizing dishes like: Shakshuka: A breakfast favorite consisting of eggs poached in a rich tomato sauce with peppers and spices. Find recipe here.Bourekas: Flaky pastries stuffed with various fillings like cheese, spinach, or mashed potatoes.Malabi: A refreshing and creamy milk-based dessert topped with rosewater syrup and crushed pistachios. Find recipe here. Ready to embark on a mouthwatering journey through the vibrant world of Israeli street food? Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere, savour the tantalizing flavours, and discover the cultural richness that makes Israeli street food truly exceptional. Whether you're strolling through the vibrant markets of Tel Aviv or exploring the winding streets of Jerusalem, be sure to treat your taste buds to the iconic flavours of Israeli street food. So, next time you find yourself in Israel or come across an Israeli street food vendor in your own city, don't hesitate to dive into the culinary delights that await. Let the fragrant aromas, bold spices, and incredible flavours transport you to Israel's bustling streets, one delicious bite at a time. Discover the culinary wonders of Israel like never before with Artza! Indulge in tantalizing Artza recipes meticulously crafted by top chefs in Israel, using locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the Holy Land. Join the ever-growing Artza community of over 100,000 members and unlock the magic of our faith subscription box. Prepare to be amazed every three months as a treasure trove of delights arrives at your doorstep. Discover exotic Israeli spices, mouthwatering recipes, captivating crafts, extraordinary gifts, awe-inspiring art, and so much more. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Click here to embark on an adventure of flavours, culture, and faith with Artza today!
Israeli cultureAuthentic Israeli Dukkah Yogurt Soup: A Middle Eastern ComfortDukkah (pronounced doo-kah) gets its name from the Egyptian Arabic word "to crush'’ and is Egyptian in origin. The mixture is traditionally made with a mortar and pestle, and the ingredients vary by region.. For Artza, Or and his father created the perfect locally grown spice blend to match the flavors of the Negev Desert. INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a large mixing bowl, toss chopped carrots, pumpkin and sweet potato with the olive oil, pinch of salt, and pinch of pepper. Transfer them onto a baking sheet, spread out in a single layer and place the tray in the oven for 45 minutes, until the vegetables start to brown. As the vegetables are cooking in the oven - Melt the butter in a large pot and cook the onion with a generous pinch of salt until very soft. Next, stir in the garlic, until golden. When ready, take the roasted vegetables out of the oven and add them to the pot with the onions and garlic, mix and cook for five minutes. Add the coconut milk/water and 2 tablespoons of Dukkah spice, mix and leave to simmer for 20 minutes on a low flame. Transfer the mixture to a blender, and blend until soup is very smooth. (At this stage, you may need to add more water to water down the soup, add as much as necessary until the texture is perfect) Divide evenly between bowls, add a dollop of yogurt, and garnish with a generous sprinkle of dukkah spice chopped parsley - and enjoy this delicious Israeli spin on a traditional Egyptian soup :) Be’teavon! INGREDIENTS 3 TBS Butter1 Large Diced Onion3 CLOVES Diced Garlic2 TBS Olive Oil3 CUPS Chopped Carrots3 CUPS Chopped Pumpkin/Sweet Potato/Mix 1 TBS Salt1 TBS Black Pepper2 TBS Dukkah Spice Blend3 CUPS Water/Coconut Milk1 1⁄2 CUPS Thick Creamy Natural Yogurt, or Crème Fraiche 2 TBS Finely Chopped Parsley Experience the culinary wonders of Israel like never before with Artza! Indulge in tantalizing Artza recipes meticulously crafted by top chefs in Israel, using locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the Holy Land. Join the ever-growing Artza community of over 100,000 members and unlock the magic of our faith subscription box. Every three months, prepare to be amazed as a treasure trove of delights arrives at your doorstep. Discover exotic Israeli spices, mouthwatering recipes, captivating crafts, extraordinary gifts, awe-inspiring art, and so much more. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Click here to embark on an adventure of flavors, culture, and faith with Artza today!
Israeli cultureEasy Halva Almond Swirl Cookies Recipe: A Taste of IsraelThe origin of Halva dates back over 4,000 years! In the early 1900s, immigrants introduced it into Israeli cuisine, and it has been a highly influential ingredient since then. Almost every restaurant or food market that you visit in Israel offers a Halva based dessert. Made from sesame, it is very rich in protein, calcium, and Vitamin B. Artza has sourced the most delicious natural Almond Halva spread and partnered with a local a baker to create the perfect Halva almond swirl cookies for you. INSTRUCTIONS Preheat the oven to 375’F and line a baking pan with parchment paper. In a bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. In a separate bowl mix the butter and sugars until combined. Then beat in the eggs and vanilla until fluffy. Mix in the flour mixture gently until everything is combined into a dough. If you want to indulge, you can add the chocolate chips and mix well. At this point, gently pour in the 3 tbs of Rusty’s spread and gently swirl it into the mixture. Roll 2-3 tbs of dough at a time into balls and place them evenly spread out on the prepared cookie sheets. Bake them in the preheated over for 8-10 minutes and take them out when they are just barely browned. Move them onto a cooling rack for ten minutes, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy! INGREDIENTS 1 CUP Softened Butter1 CUP White Sugar1 CUP Brown Sugar2 TSP Vanilla Extract2 LARGE Eggs3 CUPS All Purpose Flour1 TSP Baking Soda1/2 TSP Baking Powder1 TSP Salt3 TBS Rusty’s Almond Halva1 CUP (OPTIONAL) Chocolate Chips Experience the culinary wonders of Israel like never before with Artza! Indulge in tantalizing Artza recipes meticulously crafted by top chefs in Israel, using locally sourced ingredients that capture the essence of the Holy Land. Join the ever-growing Artza community of over 100,000 members and unlock the magic of our faith subscription box. Every three months, prepare to be amazed as a treasure trove of delights arrives at your doorstep. Discover exotic Israeli spices, mouthwatering recipes, captivating crafts, extraordinary gifts, awe-inspiring art, and so much more. Don't miss out on this extraordinary journey. Click here to embark on an adventure of flavors, culture, and faith with Artza today!