Rosh Hashanah: Introduction and Food Traditions
Rosh Hashanah, known as the Jewish New Year, means “head of the year.” This fall holiday is celebrated at the beginning of the seventh month of the Hebrew Calendar. The two days of Rosh Hashanah commemorate the creation of the world, and usher in the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim), which culminate in the major fast day of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Jewish New Year is traditionally contemplative -- rejoicing the birthday of the world, but also taking deep introspection on the past year, and changes to be made the new year. After religious services are finished, many Jews go back home for a festive meal with their families, which is imbued with symbolism and tradition.
Some Traditional Foods and Symbols
Food plays a symbolic role during this high holiday. Rosh Hashanah meals usually include a variety of sweet treats, with the hope that the new year will be sweet. One of the most popular Rosh Hashanah customs involves eating apple slices dipped in honey following a special prayer. Historically, it was believed apples had healing properties, and honey signifies the hope that the new year will be sweet. During this holiday, Jews also eat loaves of the traditional braided bread known as challah. The challah is often baked in a round shape to symbolize the eternal and cyclical nature of life and/or the crown of God. Raisins are sometimes added to the dough, and the challah is also dipped in honey as a hope for a sweet new year.
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