Tehillim 1 & Tehillim 52
In the first chapter of Tehillim we learn the simple truth that it is a delight to study and learn the teachings of the L-rd. In having these ways, we are like trees that yield fruit, sweet fruit that can be cherished the way we enjoy the nourishment provided to us through trees by G-d. Tehillim 52 speaks to the same thought in verse ten where trusting in G-d makes one like “a thriving olive tree”
וְֽהָיָ֗ה כְּעֵץ֮ שָׁת֢וּל עַֽל־פַּלְגֵ֫י־מָ֥יִם אֲשֶׁ֤ר פִּרְי֨וֹ ׀ יִתֵּ֬ן בְּעִתּ֗וֹ וְעָלֵ֥הוּ
לֹֽא־יִבּ֑וֹל וְכֹ֖ל אֲשֶׁר־יַעֲשֶׂ֣ה יַצְלִֽיחַ׃
He is like a tree planted beside streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season,
whose foliage never fades,
and whatever it produces thrives.
for the L-rd cherishes the way of the righteous
וַאֲנִ֤י ׀ כְּזַ֣יִת רַ֭עֲנָן בְּבֵ֣ית אֱ-לֹקים בָּטַ֥חְתִּי בְחֶסֶד־אֱ֝-לֹקים עוֹלָ֥ם וָעֶֽד׃
But I am like a thriving olive tree in G-d’s house;
I trust in the faithfulness of G-d forever and ever.
Recipes inspired by yields from trees
-Olive Tapenade: French spread from the southern region of Provencal
1 cup Pitted black olives
1 cup Pitted kalamata olives
6 Tbsp. Olive oil
1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
¼ cup Parsley leaves
¼ tsp. Lemon zest
1 Tbsp. Small caper
1 tsp. Garlic or 2 Gloves garlic
½ tsp. Oregano
½ tsp. Thyme
Black pepper to taste
1. Combine all ingredients in food processor
2. Process until all ingredients are finely chopped but not pureed
3. Serve with your favorite cracker or bread
-Cheese Ravioli with Caramelized Figs in Brown Butter
2 (9-ounce) Containers of fresh cheese ravioli
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 Tbsp. Chopped rosemary leaves
Ground black pepper
1.Bring a large pot of water with salt to a boil and cook cheese ravioli in accordance with the package instructions
2.In a frying pan on medium heat add butter to melt, then add figs with rosemary
3.Stir occasionally for 3 minutes or figs are caramelized and tender, add salt and pepper to taste
4. Using a slotted or strainer spoon transfer cooked ravioli to frying pan
5. Add ¼ cup ravioli water to frying pan simmer for 1 to 2 minute until thickened tossing gently in sauce.
Psalms 1. (n.d.). Sefaria: a Living Library of Jewish Texts Online.
Psalms 53. (n.d.). Sefaria: a Living Library of Jewish Texts Online.
Recipes adapted from:
Kitchn.com (2016, August) Caramelized Figs and Ravioli with Rosemary Brown Butter
Belanger, M. (2021, November 30). Olive Tapenade. Simply Whisked.
Kelly, M. (2013, June 25). How to make classic olive Tapenade. The Spruce Eats.
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