Christine, USA

January 2, 2012

Shalom Hamutal,

I am a native Californian. Born in the “Good-Old-U.S. of A.”(America) I am A 38 year old wife & mother of two, (girl & boy) I am a stay at home mom but I share your love of art and sometimes get to use my talent to bless others, which is a joy for me. I pray you and your friends & family had a blessed Hanukkah. We celebrate Christmas and had a very blessed one, with much joy giving thanks to our Lord & Savior. I bake also and decided to bake A loaf of Challah bread for our family’s Christmas dinner. I did not have kosher butter so I asked my husband to say a blessing over the bread, although he is not a Rabbi. I dont know if that is exceptible but in a way it felt like something very special for me and to have it in celebrating Christmas with our family was something special for all of us and it was delicious :). I do pray for everyone in Israel but my trust is in the Lord Who has the perfect plan for each of us, all over the world, if we all open our hearts & spirit to His word & His will in our lives, God will give us every good and perfect thing. God is always with us and will never forsake us. We are His children, all of us, if we do not forsake Him. God bless you Hamutal, your friends & family as well and those you hold dear to your heart. I am open to anything you would like to share about yourself. Maybe if there are any special things I can pray for you, your family or friends. I would feel blessed to offer my prayers to God for you & others.

Shalom and have a prosperous 2012. Your friend from the U.S.A.,

 Christine

Dear Christine,
Thank you for the lovely email! I would love to answer any questions you have about my life in Israel, but I don’t really know what to share without specific questions. In case you decide to try again, here is the recipe for my family’s Challah-
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 TBSP salt
1/2-1 cup sugar (we like it with 1/3)
2 TBSP dry yeasts
raisins/ dried cranberries

Put everything in an electric mixer, and knead together for 10 minutes. The dough will be really soft.
Cover, and let rise for about an hour.
Braid two Challas, cover and let rise again, for 1/2-1 hour.
Brush with an egg wash, you can also put some sesame seeds.
Bake for 20-30 minutes at 350F.

Have a very happy new year!

Hamutal.

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