Receipe by Inbal Jerusalem Hotel, Chef Franck Cherqui.

INGREDIENTS (yields 10 tarts):
·         2 lbs frozen puff pastry, thawed and spread into rectangles
·      4 apples of your choice (preference to Pink Lady and/or Granny Smith)
·         Water, as needed
·         Juice of 1 lemon
·         2 1/2 cups of unsweetened applesauce
·         Powdered Sugar, as needed (for dusting)


·         Muffin molds

Method of Preparation:

1.    Prepare a microwaveable container of ¾ cup-full water to which you will add the juice of one lemon
2.    Rinse the apples, cut them in two then remove the core and the seeds (no need to peel them
3.    leave the skin)
4.    With the help of a mandolin (or a sharp knife), slices apples very thin (so that they are malleable)
5.    As you prepare, arrange the slices in the container of lemon water previously prepared
6.    Heat it in the microwave for 3-4 minutes * to make the apples suppler (so they will be easier to work with) then drain them
7.    In a microwaveable container, mix the applesauce with 2 1/2 cups of water, mix well, then heat 1 minute in a microwave
8.    Butter the muffin mold then preheat oven to 350 degrees (180 degrees C) F.
9.    Evenly cut your dough into 5 horizontal strips
10. Spread applesauce on each strip of dough
11. Then place the apple slices on the top half of the strip (they must protrude from the strip of dough) by overlapping them
12. Fold the lower part of the dough over the apples
13. Gently roll the strip on itself by tightening well to obtain a beautiful rose
14. Immediately put in the muffin mold (if the center of the roses is not tight enough, slide a small slice of apple rolled on itself in the center)
15. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.
16. Remove from mold, and sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel is an award-winning, deluxe hotel situated in the heart of Jerusalem overlooking the Old City walls, and minutes away from all the major cultural and historical sites. With its Jerusalem stone exterior, the 283-room hotel is known for its intimate authentic Jerusalem character and impeccable world-class service.

The hotel was recently awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award.  Previously the property was voted the most luxurious hotel in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, as well as the best hotel in Israel and fourth best hotel in the entire Middle East by readers of the influential Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

                                                                                                   Ask the Rabbi



Q. On a spiritual day like Rosh HaShanah why do people focus on food?

A. Some foods are symbolic such as apple and honey, which represent the hope of a sweet year. Many people have a whole array of "simanim", symbolic foods.  Apart from this, Nehemiah said, "Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet and send portions to those who have nothing, for this day is holy to the Lord" (Neh. 8:10).

Holiness is not only how we think and pray but how we hallow every act of daily living – how we walk, how we dress, how we speak… and how we eat and drink.  Shared meals make family and friends into a fellowship in which you are holy through how you interact, give each other support and spread happiness.


Q. Does a shofar have to come from a ram?

A. The shofar must come from a kosher animal (Mishnah Rosh HaShanah 3:2), but not from a cow because of its association with the sin of the golden calf (the Talmud says, "A prosecutor cannot be a defender at the same time").

According to Rabbi Abbahu, the ram's horn is best because its curved shape symbolises humble submission and it reminds us of the story of the binding of Isaac, with its message of faith in G-d.


Q. Why do some worshippers wear a white "kittel" on the High Holydays?

A. The kittel is a simple white robe reminiscent of "tachrichim", shrouds.

The white colour is a symbol of the purity which we hope to attain through our prayers. Isaiah says, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow" (Isaiah 1:18).

At a certain university a non-Jewish lecturer in Semitics once asked the students to bring a Kittel to the next day's lecture. She meant the Rudolph Kittel critical edition of the Hebrew Bible. Never having heard of that work, an orthodox Jewish student turned up with his yom-tov kittel.

It took hard work for lecturer and student to clear up the misunderstanding!


Q. I learnt recently that a sentence had been omitted from "Alenu". Can you give me details?

A. The sentence is from Isaiah 30:7 and 45:2. Contrasting Israel and the heathen nations, it says: “For they bow down to vanity and emptiness and pray to a G-d that cannot save”.

Rav, who composed Alenu in 3rd century Babylon, probably never met a Christian, and Isaiah (8th century BCE) was clearly not attacking a religion that came into being nearly a millennium later; but in the medieval period baptised Jews claimed this sentence was anti-Christian.

Jewish scholars repeatedly protested that the accusation was preposterous, but it still led to antisemitic attacks. In Prussia in 1803 an edict was issued that the sentence was to be eliminated and the whole of Alenu was to be said aloud without it. Commissioners visited the synagogues to supervise the implementation of the edict.

The sentence is however today maintained in the Sephardi rite as well as in some Ashkenazi congregations.


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