For devout Jews and Christians, weekend ceremonies may not be an option. Play up the sweetness. Rosh Hashanah is the start of 10 days of reflection leading up to Yom Kippur. Someone blows into the Shofar when it is Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur.
Not only is September time to go back to school but it can be a great time to get married. The too-hot days of summer have passed and you’re left with warm afternoons and cool evenings, perfect for your wedding reception. Fall colors lean more to the rich earthy tones and your menu can be a hearty fall feast.
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.
Couples who are inviting mostly Jewish guests should avoid scheduling their wedding on the Sabbath, Friday Evening, and Saturday ceremonies should only be held after sundown. Marrying on holidays like Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur is definitely out of bounds if most of your guests are practicing Jews. Consult a Jewish calendar before you choose your date.
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.
Some of the highlights include National Flower Week (during the 3rd week of September) and National Dog Week (during the 4th week), so host a dinner party with fresh flowers or throw a fiesta for Fido.
Another special food we eat on Rosh Hashanah is honey. First we dip challah, braided egg bread, into honey. The challah is baked in a spiral shape symbolizing the continuity of Creation. Then slices of apple are dipped as we say a prayer asking God for a sweet year.
Serving an Exotic Fruit: One of the traditions of Rosh Hashana is to serve a new fruit, an exotic one that guests have not eaten in the past year. Given that it is September some people may have trouble coming up with a fresh option that guests won’t know. Whatever you choose to serve, consider what you serve it in. A silver tiered serving tray can make a great pre-dinner centerpiece. Especially when it bears many tiered levels of succulent fruits.
Yes, I believe in world peace, but when religion runs your world and you plan your life around it, it is extremely difficult to come to terms about anything when you live in a country where half of the population calls you a blasphemous criminal.