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Rosh Hashanah: Recipes and Traditions

Jewish High Holidays fruits and honey

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Rosh Hashanah, Hebrew for "head of the year," is the Jewish New Year and the first day of the High Holy Days. Usually falling in September or October, Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of Man by God and is traditionally signalled by the blowing of the shofar, a ram's horn.

The Holy Days continue for ten days and conclude with the fast of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Jews wish each other a happy new year with the greeting "Shana tova!"

Jews traditionally serve sweet foods for Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet new year. Apple slices dipped in honey are a favorite, as are carrot tzimmes, lekach (honey cake), teiglach (honeyed dough balls) and round loaves of challah bread.

Other traditional foods include dates, leeks, spinach, beets, and pomegranates. Ancient Hebrews would serve a roasted lamb's head to symbolize the "head" of the year.


Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Try these recipes for Rosh Hashanah.


Honey pot

(Israeli Jewish honey cake)


Challah (Jewish braided Sabbath bread)

(Israeli Jewish braided Sabbath bread)