Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, can fall any time between the fifth of September and the fifth of October on the Gregorian Calendar.
The holiday celebrates the anniversary of the creation of the world.
In order to have a clean slate going into the New Year, Jews ask for forgiveness from those close to them.
TRADITIONALLY, ROSH HASHANAH HAPPENS OVER TWO DAYS.
These days are combined into the yoma arichta, or “long day.” At sunset on the first evening, candles are lit by the lady of the house. Then blessings are recited: a traditional holiday blessing over the candles, followed by the shehecheyanu, a thanksgiving prayer for special occasions. Both evenings also feature a festive meal.
WHILE SOME JEWISH HOLIDAYS INVOLVE FASTING, ROSH HASHANAH INVOLVES A FEAST.
It is traditional to eat apples dipped in honey to represent having a sweet year ahead. Here is our suggestion for a great dessert served at your Rosh Hashana dinner party.
THERE ARE VARIOUS TRADITIONAL GREETINGS FOR ROSH HASHANAH.
L’Shana Tova Tea-ka-tayvu is Hebrew for “May you be inscribed for a good year,” referring to that person’s name being put in the Book of Life. This is often shortened to Shana Tova, which just means “Good Year.” This isn’t to be confused with wishing each other a “Happy New Year.” Wish your friends and family a Shana Tova by sending them a lovely edible gift basket they will enjoy throughout the celebration.