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Parshat Naso

When the Mishkan (Tabernacle) was finally dedicated on the first day of the month of Nissan, the heads of each of the Shvatim (tribes)  together brought six covered wagons and twelve oxen to help transport the Mishkan

According to the Lubavitcher Rebbe: there is an important lesson to be learned from this. The nation of Israel is comprised of twelve different tribes, each of which is distinguished by unique characteristics, each bringing its own distinct contribution to the fulfillment of its spiritual mission. We also recognize that although we were blessed with something that our fellow tribes might not have, “it is they who provide us with what we lack.”

 Half a wagon is useless—we must combine our gifts in order to have something with which to transport the “Tent of Meeting” in our journey through the spiritual desert that is our material world. And while we may perhaps be able to produce a complete “ox” by our own efforts, it takes two oxen to pull our common wagon.

Here’s a recipe to commemorate the six ‘Agalot’  (wagons) that were brought by the twelve tribal chieftains in honour of the dedication of the Mishkan.

Wagon Wheel Pasta with Basil 

Bamidbar/Numbers 7:3: They brought their offering before the Lord: six covered wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for each two chieftains, and an ox for each one; they presented them in front of the Mishkan.

Bamidbar/Numbers 7:3: They brought their offering before the Lord: six covered wagons and twelve oxen, a wagon for each two chieftains, and an ox for each one; they presented them in front of the Mishkan.

This is a very casual recipe so amounts do not need to be exact.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Wagon Wheel pasta, cooked
  • 2 onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bunch fresh basil,
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoon pine nuts, crushed
  • handful of grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • salt, pepper, and soy sauce to taste

Directions:

While basil is soaking in soapy water (to remove bugs) sautee onions in olive oil. Add garlic and then chopped basil, pine nuts and tomatoes. Toss with pasta and add seasoning.

Enjoy!

B’tayavon and Shabbat Shalom!

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Parshat Naso – June 2, 2012

Bamidbar 6:5  he shall allow the growth of the hair of his head to grow wild.

In this Parsha, the Torah discusses the status of the ‘Nazir:’ the individual whose desire to separate from the physical world and cling to God takes a vow of abstinence from wine/grapes, cutting their hair, and becoming ritually impure. He’s referred to as a sinner but also as ‘Kodesh’ (holy). Rambam explains that a person should seek moderation in their ways and not choose extremes. According to Rabbi Yakov Haber striking a balance is the ideal.

Partaking of the physical pleasures of the world within moderation for the purpose of nurturing the body and providing the necessary physical happiness to serve as the backdrop for ‘avodas Hashem is the approach the Torah advocates for most. 

Here’s a recipe that gives homage to the Nazir (as ‘Kodesh’ of course) and his uncut hair – as symbolized by spaghettini.

Bamidbar 6;5 …and he shall allow the growth of the hair of his head to grow wild

Spaghettini with Grilled Chicken 

  • 2 cups cooked spaghettini
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
Marinaded and Bar-b-q’ed Chicken Breasts
  • 4 pieces skinless/boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Mix cooked pasta with soy sauce, sesame oil, and sugar. Top with chicken marinaded in soy sauce, ketchup, and honey and then grilled. Add sliced scallions and peppers and sesame seeds.

 

 

 

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