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Sunday evening marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah commemorates the creation of mankind by God and occurs on the first two days of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar. Together Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement, which occurs on the tenth day of Tishrei) are the Jewish High Holy Days.
Every year during Rosh Hashanah, my family and I attend synagogue for the traditional services, greeting other members of the community by saying “L’shanah tovah,” which translates (from Hebrew) to “for a good year.” The blowing of the shofar (usually a ram’s horn) is a unique tradition of the High Holy Days. During the two days of Rosh Hashanah, the shofar sounds hundreds of times, and it is often referred to as a symbol for virtue or making amends. We take time off from work and school to observe the holiday and its specific customs, and we spend quality time with family and close friends. In the evenings, we enjoy delicious, filling dinners together, and we eat apples and honey (my favorite custom) to symbolize sweetness in the New Year. Other traditional foods include round challah and various fruits.
Rosh Hashanah is observed by Jewish families as a time to reflect on and synthesize the choices they have made in the past year—and then prepare to repent and seek forgiveness for their mistakes (this is referred to as teshuvah). Rosh Hashanah is viewed as a time of initial judgment by God, while Yom Kippur marks the final day of reconciliation. Jewish families strive to make peace in all respects so that the anticipated New Year will be filled with love and joy.
To make sure that the New Year is extra sweet, indulge in Apples by Jacqueline Farmer, dipped in Winnie-the-Pooh’s favorite treat, honey, in A. A. Milne’s classic story.
Apples by Jacqueline Farmer, illustrated by Phyllis Limbacher Tides, can be downloaded on Storia, the new eReading app from Scholastic
Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard, is featured in Lucky October and in Club Shop.
Written by Book Clubs Creative and Strategic Management Assistant Annie Miller. Annie officially joined the Book Clubs staff in February. She is a former English major and food blogger—and a current children’s book lover!
Top images courtesy of Ralokz.
September 16, 2012