Spring is the second most popular, followed by fall and winter. Especially when it bears many tiered levels of succulent fruits. The wish for a good and sweet year extends to other aspects of Rosh Hashanah’s feasting.
Rosh Hashanah, sometimes referred to as the Jewish New Year, is a time for celebration! According to the Talmudic teachings, Rosh Hashanah marked the anniversary of G-d’s reaction of the world and was a time to seek repentance. As the traditions of this High Holy Day develop so did the various food customs associated with the holiday. Whether you want something sweet, fresh and filling, the traditional foods for Rosh Hashanah have something for you.
We may not feel much like flirting or cuddling as we approach the end of the second week of September, but by Saturday, September 13th, our moods should begin to improve. People will be cooperative and polite, and it will be a great weekend for parties and social events. Some of us may get some very creative ideas, and group projects will go well all the way through the Fall Equinox, September 22nd. Its going to be a great week for creative projects, and friends, and family.
The Jewish New Year holiday, Rosh Hashanah, is a two day holiday when Jews celebrate this happy occasion, but also they are very solemn. They are solemn due to the fact they are in repentance, but happy that God is merciful and good. During this two day holiday many Jews will have lengthy prayer services followed by a festive holiday meal. Now you may need some ideas what kinds of recipes will be great to have during your Rosh Hashanah dinner and I would like to share a couple of mine with you.
Allow the dough to double and then take out and divide into three equal portions and braid. Or just make a loaf and create a circle to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.
Meditation: The Words of Institution are recorded four times in the New Testament. Three of them occur in the “Synoptic Gospels”: Matthew, Mark and Luke. One might think the Church would use one of those renderings instead on the night that it remembers Christ’s founding of the sacrament it calls “the source and summit of our faith.” Why, then, does it use Paul’s account here?
So, how much have we been positively impacted by the High Holidays this year? As a community in Cincinnati, have our lives been touched at all or changed?
Glasses: Any fine dinner starts with glassware. Serving drinks in normal glass tumblers or cups just isn’t appropriate for a fine dining occasion. Choose short or long stem crystal glasses for a real touch of elegance. Consider using beverage specific glasses if alcohol is to be served.
We can strive to be better and better if we constantly experience the significance of the High Holy Days. That is what God requires and that is what our community desires. We can make a difference in our lives, our families and our community if we truly embrace the essence of the High Holy Days.