I feel like Fall just got here, and we’re already celebrating the first big holiday. OK, you may not be Jewish, but there’s so much goodness in Rosh Hashanah that you might want to celebrate along with your Jewish friends.
Rosh Hashanah is the start of the Jewish New Year. It officially begins on Sunday, but Orthodox Jews will celebrate through Tuesday, September 15.
There are many beautiful traditions during Rosh Hashanah. Dishes are made with apples and honey to symbolize a sweet year. Challah is baked in rounds to signify the continuous cycle of life. Everyone receives a blessing.
Debby Titelbaum Neuman has an elegant perspective about the holiday. Her good advice applies to the celebrations we’ll all have through the end of the year:
“The Jewish calendar is set up to keep us aware of our lives. Every holiday has the potential to be a point of connection, a moment to step back and say, “Hey, who am I? Am I letting myself get stuck in the day to day and letting life pass me by? Or am I constantly making real decisions that help me reach my potential in this world?”…It is our responsibility, those of us who are striving for that level, to make it real for ourselves regardless of what is going on around us.”
If you’re cooking and hosting, try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Even famed chef Joan Nathan jokes, “We can’t eat all the good dishes at once in the Jewish repertoire! And I am only one person!”
Sounding a shofar (ram’s horn) with your meal is optional, but you’ll get extra points for authenticity! Enjoy!