... a good and blessed year!
The head of the year is upon us, the first of the days of awe in the New Year according to the Gregorian calendar. Welcome Rosh Hashanah! For two days the anniversary of mans creation (Adam and Eve) will be in celebration. It’s a time to become aware of humanity’s role in the world.
When the Shofar is blown and heard, which is a hollowed out ram’s horn, it will sound and awaken awareness of the coming judgement. This will occur unless the holiday falls on the Shabbat. If the holiday falls on the Shabbat, the Shofar will not sound.
Plenty of delectable and delightful treats will be enjoyed when the New Year commences. Apples dipped in honey are a tradition that symbolizes a sweet New Year. Rosh Hashanah celebrations begin on the evening of September 24th and end on the evening of September 26, 2014; on the holiday of Yom Kippur. Another treats that may be enjoyed on this occasion is honey cake, click here for a great honey cake recipe!
The custom is to refrain from bitter, sour or tart foods in hopes for a sweet and pleasant year. More savory dishes will include dates, black-eyed peas, pomegranates, pumpkin filled pastries called “rodanchas”, leek fritters called “keftedes de prasa”, stuffed vegetables known as “legumbres yaprakes” and traditionally fish in whole form, including the head.
Most who celebrate Rosh Hashanah will spend time at their synagogue for reflection and forgiveness for the previous year, they will pray and listen to the Shofar. Those involved will celebrate with family and friends and emjoy delicious foods from the year’s harvest. The more intense reflection will occur the following week for Yom Kippur a twenty-five hour fast.
Shana Tova to all celebrating! It is going to be “a good year”!