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October 9

Saint of the day:

Prophet Abraham

Prophet Abraham's Story 

Abraham(originally Abram) was the common patriarch of the Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In Judaism, he was the founding father of the covenant of the pieces, the special relationship between the Hebrews and God; in Christianity, he was the spiritual progenitor of all believers, Jewish or Gentile (non-Jewish); and in Islam he is seen as a link in the chain of prophets that begins with Adam and culminates in Muhammad. The narrative in the Book of Genesis revolves around the themes of posterity and land. Abraham is called by God to leave the house of his father Terah and settle in the land originally given to Canaan but which God now promises to Abraham and his progeny. Various candidates are put forward who might inherit the land after Abraham; and, while promises are made to Ishmael about founding a great nation, Isaac, Abraham's son by his half-sister Sarah, inherits God's promises to Abraham. Abraham purchases a tomb (the Cave of the Patriarchs) at Hebron to be Sarah's grave, thus establishing his right to the land; and, in the second generation, his heir Isaac is married to a woman from his own kin, thus ruling the Canaanites out of any inheritance. Abraham later marries Keturah and has six more sons; but, on his death, when he is buried beside Sarah, it is Isaac who receives "all Abraham's goods", while the other sons receive only "gifts". The Abraham story cannot be definitively related to any specific time, and it is widely agreed that the patriarchal age, along with the Exodus and the period of the judges, is widely seen as a late literary construct that does not relate to any period in actual history. After a century of exhaustive archaeological investigation, no evidence has been found for a historical Abraham. His story was probably composed in the early Persian period (late 6th century BCE) as a result of tensions between Jewish landowners who had stayed in Judah during the Babylonian captivity and traced their right to the land through their "father Abraham", and the returning exiles who based their counterclaim on Moses and the Exodus tradition.







Abraham's Gate in Israel




Bint al Sahn is known as honey cake.


  • 8 cups flour

  • 2 tablespoons sugar

  • ½  teaspoon salt

  • ¼  teaspoon dry yeast

  • room temperature water

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter*

*When possible, make this recipe with samna, a smoked clarified butter. 


  1. Sift flour into large bowl. Add sugar, salt, yeast and mix to combine. Make a well in the center of the dough. Starting with 3 cups of water, pour ½ cup water into dough and start to mix by hand (or with electric mixer, 4-5 minutes at medium/high speed. Start on low for 2 minutes. Then 2 minutes medium speed). Continue adding water until dough comes together and is slightly sticky.

  2. Transfer dough to clean bowl sprinkled with flour on bottom. Cover with clean kitchen towel. Let sit for 30 minutes in warm place.

  3. Turn dough - drawing up from bottom and over and up. Cover and let rest for 30 more minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 350F. Melt butter until soft and spreadable but not separated (melt until there are still small chunks of butter remaining and then whisk until uniformly melted).

  5. Oil hands and counter slightly with butter. Turn dough out onto counter and cut into quarters, then form into 80g (6-7 tablespoons) dough balls (should make about 19-20).

  6. Butter a round metal baking dish 13” in size.

  7. Take a small pat of room temperature butter and slather it on the counter (you’ll want a well coated surface). Then, roll (or stretch) out each ball carefully with more butter, into 12-13’’ circles and layer onto metal baking dish. Repeat with remaining dough balls, layering each on top of the next.

  8. Spread layer of butter/samna on top of final layer.

  9. Bake on middle rack at 350F until golden brown and flaky, about 55-60 minutes.

  10. Top with honey and enjoy.

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