When Yaakov leaves the tents of his father and mother it is in haste and in fear for his welfare. Although he leaves with his father’s blessing and his mother’s guidance he has hurt his brother. He leaves Be’er Sheva and heads toward his uncle Laban in the land of Haran a distant and strange land far from all that he has known. We learn that he arrives at ‘the place’ and he sleeps there. Using stones as a pillow he dreams of a ladder reaching to the heavens. The melachim (angels) are traveling up and down this ladder and Hashem comes to him and tells him that the land upon which he sleeps will be his and his descendants and that they will be as many as the dust of the earth. Hashem promises to protect and guard Yaakov wherever he wanders and that he (Hashem) will bring Yaakov back to this land. Upon arising Yaakov turns the rock he had rested upon into an alter and calls the place Bet El. The image of the angels has always fascinated me, crafting ladders out of challah dough or art supplies has been something I have done with students and my children over the years as part of learning this parsha. In keeping with my parsha salad theme however I decided to play on the text a bit and came up with an interesting salad dressing. As you mix the ingredients together perhaps you can imagine the image of a ladder reaching up to Hashem and think about the emuna (faith) that Yaakov gained from this vision.
“Beer” Sheva Dressing
½ cup pale ale or beer of your choice (darker beers will have a deeper stronger flavor)
½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon minced shallot
2 teaspoons your choice citrus zest
2 teaspoons stone ground or Dijon mustard
1 or 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mix all of the herbs and seasoning ingredients in a small bowl or measuring cup. Add the liquids. Either pulse in a food processor or magic bullet until fully emulsified. Serve over leafy green salad of your choosing.
Hi, I'm Chef Shoshana. I have been cooking as long as I can remember starting out in both of my grandmothers kitchens learning by observing and practice. Over the years I have cooked my way through all of life's moments; cooking for family, friends, and clients. For me cooking has always been an expression of caring and love. Each meal I prepare is a reflection of that. When I cook for a client I want them to feel as if the meal was made by a loved one especially for them. The blog section of my website is where you will find recipes & anecdotes from my daily experiences in the kitchen with both clients and family. I hope you enjoy!