One such item which is of much importance in Judaism is the shofar. For this High Holy Day, pomegranates are a favorite. The sweetness of the honey and apples is symbolic to how sweet the new year will be.
Rosh Hashanah is a special time, a time of change, time for new beginnings. It is the start of the Jewish new year and is a period of reflection on the past year; how can we pursue our dreams and goals in the coming year? To celebrate this renewing time of change we gather together with friends, family and loved ones not only to reflect but to celebrate the sweetness of life. If you’re hosting this year’s Roash Hashana dinner be prepared to make this most special of holidays truly memorable.
Shofars are also available in plenty of different finishes like natural finish, partially polished and completely polished. Select the type of finish that suits your tastes.
Since they are made from animal matter, the shofars require quite a great deal of maintenance. First of all, you have to dip your shofar in a dilute bleaching solution for about a week. Before dipping it into the solution, stuff both the ends of the horn with cotton wool or with rags. The bleaching process is necessary because it will ensure the extraction of any animal matter. If any animal matter remains, then the shofars will give out an unpleasant odor. Time and again, you need to shake the bleaching solution to make sure that the solution works well.
If you’re in the market for a decorative shofar, expect to pay anywhere from $100 for a silver-plated ram’s horn, to $400 or more for a sterling silver-plated Yemenite shofar. Anointing shofars are typically $100. Note that decorative shofars are not kosher and should not be used on Rosh Hashanah.
The shofar has a unique shape that is the result of the natural horn being flatten and heated. Once hollowed, the horn may resemble a streamlined cornucopia or a series of waves. Depending on Jewish school of tradition, Askkenazic or Sephardic, the shofar may or may not have a carved mouthpiece.
In an act of mercy, the Creator gives us a ten day grace period, to “get our act together”. These ten days, which fall between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are referred to as the Ten Days of Penitence.
I hope you found this recipe for egg bread (challah) easy and fun to make for the Jewish New Year. I know I did. Happy Rosh Hashanah and until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!