Category Archives: Jewish Holidays

Rosh Hashanah Trivia Time!

Sep 18, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
Rosh Hashanah trivia

The New Year is a fantastic opportunity to sit down with your family. But with two full days of the festival (this year three as Rosh Hashanah leads straight into Shabbat) you may find you’re running out of interesting conversation starters. Here are some Rosh Hashanah trivia points to fascinate your friends and family!   We call Rosh Hashanah festival the Jewish New Year, but did you know that there […]

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Avinu Malkeinu | Why is Rosh Hashanah Before Yom Kippur?

Sep 11, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein

You’re probably familiar with the Tishrei drill: At the beginning of the month, we celebrate two days of Rosh Hashanah; the next day is a minor fast called tzom Gedaliya;  and a week after that comes the solemn Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. This is followed by the Sukkot festivities. But did you ever stop to consider the order? On reflection, it seems a little strange that we celebrate our […]

 

Rosh Hashanah Menu Ideas for a Sweeter New Year!

Sep 07, 2017  |  By Shira Goldstein
rosh hashanah menu table dinner

Rosh Hashanah has some wonderfully weird food traditions: we dip round challah into honey (not salt), eat through a range of foodstuffs called simanim, and indulge in juicy, seed-filled pomegranates. We dip apples and challah into honey because sweet foods are seen as a charm for a sweet year ahead. Some people take this even further and completely eschew their standard festive staples in favor of a sweet-centric menu featuring honeyed […]