As the traditions of this High Holy Day develop so did the various food customs associated with the holiday. These shapes are symbolic of the cycle of life, hope that prayers rise to heaven, and the continuity of creation.
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.
Rosh Hashanah (September 19-20, 2009 and September 9-10, 2010) and Yom Kippur (September 28, 2009 and September 18, 2010) will occur in September also. While these are never on the same day on a conventional calendar, you should be aware of these holidays as your Jewish guests may not be able to attend a wedding if it falls on any of these days.
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?
90% of Muslims are Sunnis and 10% are Shiites. Regardless of the numbers, this does leave room for discrimination. Islamic peoples are deeply rooted with their religion, for example: suicide bombers dying for their faith because they believe it will take them to Paradise. Sunnis view Shiites as heretics and in Saudi Arabia; Shiites are powerless and retain absolutely no rights. This creates a problem. Other Arab countries with Sunni majorities have followed suit.
If we use this time wisely, by reflecting on our past actions, regretting our mistakes and sincerely vow never to repeat them, we will be forgiven and sealed in the Book of Life. This is the accepted tradition.
And this call goes out to all Christians, not merely priests, bishops and Peter’s successor as pope, “the servant of the servants of God.” Sin, in every expression, is self-centeredness at the expense of others. We must think and speak and act with the same humility, the same emptying of self, that Christ modeled throughout His earthly ministry and all the way to the cross.
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!