Rosh Hashana - the Jewish New Year

Food For The Feast: Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year, and the first of the High Holy Days. Starting at sunset today, the celebration will end at nightfall on the 6th.

What To Eat?

  • Meals included during Rosh Hashanah can include many symbolic foods.
  • Apples and honey symboilze a “sweet New Year”.
  • The head of a fish can be indicative of “head of the New Year”.
  • “Mansanada” is an apple-compote dish featuring apples dipped in honey, cooked or baked.
  • Stuffed vegetables named “legumbres yaprakes” are common.
  • The Talmud mentions dates, leeks, black-eyed peas, spinach, and gourds.
  • Pomegranates are symbolic, with their many seeds being indicative of the year having a fruitful nature.
  • “Rodanchas” are sweet pumpkin-filled pastries.
  • “Keftedes de prasa” are leek fritters that aren’t much more than leeks, breadcrumbs, and eggs.
  • Round challah bread symbolizes the cycle of the year.
  • Geflite fish and lekach are common with Ashkenazic Jews.
  • On the second night, new fruits are served.

Get Creative

  • Apples and honey can easily be combined in a variety of dishes, such as pies, cakes, breads, and more. A litany of dessert dishes can spring from this concept.
  • Keftedes de prasa, the leek fritters, can work with a variety of dips, sauces, and more.
  • The sweet pumpkin-filled pastries, Rodanchas, could easily be turned into variations on eclairs, donuts, and such.
  • Challah bread that’s round symbolizes the cycle of the year, but challah bread can be used in a variety of ways that keep things interesting, such as crusted for croutons, hollowed out for a soup bowl, or even in a unique french toast dish.

Traditional Greetings

  • Shana Tova: A Good Year
  • Shana Tova Umetukah: A Good And Sweet Year
  • Le’shana Tova Tikoteiv Vetichoteim: May You Be Inscribed And Sealed For A Good Year
  • Ketiva Ve-chatima Tovah: May You Be Written And Sealed For A Good Year
  • Tizku Leshanim Rabbot: May You Merit Many Years
  • Ne’imot Ve-tovot: Pleasant And Good Ones

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