Day 5 – Shabbat Shalom

I grew up in Israel, born and raised in Jerusalem, and you take for granted certain things. Like being Jewish, and Friday is the day where the feminine expression of God is honored and respected. Firday is a half day, with the same excitement as we enjoy here in the US, yet, there is something more. Houses are being cleaned, home cooked meals are prepared, a special set of clothes are taken out, the table is set with white cloth and a full set of dishes The shabbat candle stick is brought out and placed on a special cloth, the long, white, shabbat candles will appear about 30 minutes before sun set, with everything set, organized, and with only the most minor finishes.

When I was back in 2000, it was a surreal experience to breath the Friday air in Jerusalem, the week behind you, a plate of hummus and fresh warm pita on a platter in front of you, a cold beer in your hand as you smile at your family and friends, one or more, saying “Shabbat Shalom!”

Friday continues to stay a special day in my heart, yet somehow, maybe because of all the years I have lived away from Israel, maybe because in the US we have Saturday AND Sunday as days off, Friday, as special as it is, is a quick jump into the real relaxed day, Saturday. Simply because the work force is not about to give us a half day on Friday. And in Europe they have Friday off all together, AND Saturday, AND Sunday. But I’m not going in that direction. Here in the US, Friday, as glorious as it is because it marks the end of the day, lacks the aroma that would give it the artistic word “special.” It might be fantastic, but not “magical.” As if a heavenly show might appear. OK, maybe that is too much.

Last note, with Yoga, every day seems “special” and to all of you who don’t want to jump on the mat every day, let me tell you, P90X – will make you feel “special” all day long. In fact, anything you do for an hour every day will make you feel special. Tony Robbins was not the first to say it, but he made it popular. 220 lbs, broke, he picked himself up, said I can, and started running every day from 10 min to 60 min. Look at where he is today.

The P90X was a useful excuse to do the 90 day Raw. These other experiences are the side benefits that I get to share here every day.

The true credit goes to Bibiana Neo, whose skills as a personal Raw Chef are the reason I am able share all these with you. You get the secret recipes, yes, that’s right, every day a new recipe. Just one, you don’t have to change your whole diet, if you make one or two or more of these dishes a week, you’ll love it, I am telling you.

One day you’ll look back and you’ll say, Gabriel was giving away the best Raw recipes around (she claims she is not doing anything new, and I tell her, did Julia Childes invent cooking chicken? She learned a recipe, and kept following the recipe, just maybe not to a tee, and neither does she).

Back to reality – between the carpet, the abs ripper X, the pull ups, and my daily Ashtanga, I am so thankful today is Friday. Tomorrow, Saturday is no practice day. And the fact that we practice on Sunday, only draws my heritage even more to this practice. The P90X I get to put away, at the end of 90 days, or 180, or any time I wish. I digress, between the carpet, P90X, and Ashtanga, my body was tired today. I need to go get a flat wood piece for Yoga practice. P90X saw me using my luggage crate as a push off tool to complete 10 pulls up in each set, a total of 14 sets. The guy on the program was doing 20, without a push off. I wonder if there is a difference when you are hanging a few feet off the floor, compared to my bathroom bar?

Best of all, the dinner meal, the colors of medow sunsets, flavored by rustic tomato drappings, at least that’s what this Art meal looked like. I feel so blessed, thank you Bibiana, thank you God, Shabbat Shalom everyone, and make a note to yourself, next Friday, you will make it your “special” day, you’ll make this meal, or you’ll take a yoga class, or you will tell yourself you believe in yourself, and then you tell that to your beloved, or if you are Jewish you light candles, and if you are not, you remember that Jesus was Jewish and he lit Shabbat Candles, and Mohammed was descendant of Esau, brother of Jacob, and the feminine spirit recognized and respected in Islam is the same expression in all other religions, and for that we should all say “Shabbat Shalom!”

Lights out –

The clergy man was telling his guest a story when a little girl interrupted,

“Daddy, is it true? Or is it just preaching?”

Fresh Basil Bruchetta and Sunset Yam Gnocchi


1 Roma Tomato ( diced)
3 Basil leaves (chopped)
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Pinch of sea salt
Dash of black pepper
Mixed above all ingredients
Bruchetta “bread”
1 cup of milled brown/tan flaxseed
1/4 cup of water
pinch of sea salt
Mixed above ingredients in a bowl, let it sit for 10mins.
Spread the mixture on a teflex sheet, about 1/2 inch thick. Dehydrate for 4 hours @ 105f and flip it on a mesh.
1 large sweet yam
wash, cut into pieces and place in a bowl of water.
Place the bowl in dehydrator for 24 hours and be sure to check the water. Make sure its always cover the yam
When its ready, after 24 hours
Place it in a food processor and 1 tsp of coconut oil.
Blend it till smooth.
Shape it into desired shape using two teaspoons. Place it in the dehydrator for another hour or till the outer layer is a little dry and crusty.
Served with some sun dried tomato, drizzle pine nut oil and parsley!

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