Category Archives: Judaism

Rosh Hashanah: Why Apples and Honey?

Rosh HaShanah, like most Jewish holidays, has several unique food customs associated with it. One of the most popular and well-known has to do with dipping apples into honey, stemming from the age-old Jewish tradition of eating sweet foods to express our hope for a sweet new year. But why specifically apples and honey? Here […]

5 Things to Know About Rosh Hashanah

1. What does Rosh Hashanah mean? Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year.” While it’s actually observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar, nevertheless, this date marks the Jewish New Year. 2. What Does Rosh Hashanah Commemorate? Rosh Hashanah is traditionally seen as the date when […]

Tu B’ Av: The Jewish Holiday of Love

The first mention of Tu b’Av (15th of the Hebrew month of Av) as a special day in Jewish sources is in the Mishnah (end of the 2nd century): Said Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel: There were no greater celebrations for Israel than the 15th of Av and Yom Kippur. (Talmud, Taanit 26b). According to the […]