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Rosh Hashanah

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The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is a time to reflect upon the past year, reunite with family members and friends, and celebrate the happy year to come. It is a time both for joy and for self-reflection.

Symbols and Traditions

On this special day, there are many symbolic foods: the challah is round, signifying the cycle of the year, while raisins in the bread symbolize joy.

* Note: You may use mayonnaise in place of sour cream in the Smoked Fish Dip recipe.

    Main Dishes

    Fish--long a symbol of prosperity and abundance--is often prepared with a sweet sauce or stuffed with nuts and fruits. Fish also represent knowledge, because their eyes are always open and so see everything.

    Sweets for the New Year

    Apples and honey take starring roles, as the family dips the fruits of their labor in the sweetness of the year to come. Pomegranates are said to have 613 seeds, a number that corresponds to the number of mitzvot, or types of good deeds that Jews as a society must perform. A pomegranate on the holiday table symbolizes numerous good deeds that have been performed over the year.

    Sep. 18, 2009 10:34 am
    I'm glad i found this web site I've looked everywhere to find recipes since my grandmother pasted away earlier this year to be able to celebrate Rosh Hashanah on my own. I never realized just how much I depended upon her to make the High Holidays special until now. Even though it is a year or morning for us I plan on dedicating this year to me memory. Thanks for offering this web site to all the good recipes to the public.
    Sep. 19, 2009 12:03 am
    It's like a welcome home...
    Jun. 27, 2010 3:38 pm
    I know the feeling I still crave my mom's potato latka's miss those so much.
    Sep. 28, 2011 5:48 am
    you don't have to Jewish to enjoy these recipes I make Challah bread all the time.Mt friends & family love it.
    Sep. 28, 2011 10:29 am
    I am not Jewish, but I wanted to teach my kids about Rosh Hashanah, so I read them a really nice book about the holiday, we discussed some of the foods made during this tme and made challah bread without raisins. It was great!
    Oct. 2, 2011 4:13 pm
    TROPIKANAGIRL, I'm not Jewish either, but would love to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with my kids as well. What book did you pick up for them? Do you know if the author also created similar ones for Hanukkah and Passover/Pesachk, or other major Jewish holiday, as well? I have a toddler and a 4yo. Thanks!
    Oct. 18, 2011 12:56 pm
    Hi, I'm a fairly recent foodie, and I'm checking out various food sites.
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