I made the challah the day before the Jewish New Year and will serve it at dinner on Rosh Hashanah day. You can make up your mind to have a happy holiday, no matter what your family relationships are like.
The average American engagement lasts sixteen months. Most of that time is spent planning the wedding. Couples spend between seven and twelve months getting ready for their big day. But choosing the date isn’t always easy. There are 365 calendar days (or more) to choose from. Where to start?
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.
Each day from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur represents all the respective days of the coming year. Thus Sunday represents all the Sundays of the coming year and Monday represents all the Mondays and so forth through Saturday.
Now it all boils down to Iraq. Think logically; in the 2000 elections here in the US there was uproar because the race was so extremely close and every vote was critical. It was hysteria in both the Democratic and Republican parties. Now add fundamental religious extremists and strict laws abiding by the Qu’ran. You have Iraq. Whoever is running the country at the time will most certainly transfer his religion into all departments and rid himself of the other Islamic sect. But why can’t they live in peace, surely Jews and Christians coexist peacefully in the White House?
The first course will consist of chicken and matzah ball soup, which will be followed by your choice of lemon and olive roasted chicken or sweet brisket. The brisket will be served with red cabbage and potato kugel. The meal will end with a dessert of cherry and apple crumble.
In nations where Sunnis are the majority, they can virtually have their way with the Shiites. But strangely enough, in Iran and Iraq the tables are turned. Iran is 90% Shiite and 10% Sunni while Iraq is 60% Shiite and 40% Sunni. Numbers like these are the ones that create problems. The Sunnis in Iran are at a disadvantage and oppressed while their neighbors are allowed freedom in majority Sunni countries.
In the dining room, let your children create special placeholders for each guest. If you have time and money, take your children to a pottery store to paint their own kiddush cups. You also can buy simple metal goblets from a home store and have your children decorate the stems.