L’Shanah Tovah!

September 15, 2020

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year marks the beginning of The High Holy Days which include Yom Kippur, the annual Day of Atonement. These are days full of ancient meaning and heartfelt traditions where symbolism and family celebrations meld together to create deep bonds linking Jews all over the world.

The sounding of the shofar—a trumpet made from a ram’s horn—is an essential and emblematic part of both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The ancient instrument’s plaintive cry serves as a call to repentance and a reminder to Jews that God is their king.

“A New Year Dawns”, watercolour, 3.5″ x 5″ by Lance Weisser

After religious services are over, many Jews return home for a festive meal which typically begins with the ceremonial lighting of two candles and eating apple slices dipped in honey. Ancient Jews believed apples had healing properties, and the honey signifies the hope that the new year will be sweet. Rosh Hashanah meals usually include an assortment of sweet treats for the same reason.

Round challah: On Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) and other holidays, Jews eat loaves of the traditional braided bread known as challah. On Rosh Hashanah, the challah is often baked in a round shape to symbolize either the cyclical nature of life or the crown of God. Raisins are sometimes added to the dough for a sweet new year.

“L’shana tovah”: Jews greet each other on Rosh Hashanah with the Hebrew phrase “L’shana tovah,” which translates to “for a good year.”

[source: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/rosh-hashanah-history%5D

11 Responses to “L’Shanah Tovah!”

  1. ….wonderful. So much of Judaic symbolism alludes to larger truths. Thank you Steve.


  2. Your mention of challah being round, along with the notion of the seasons going round (from your next post) reminded me of these lines from The Tempest:

    …We are such stuff
    As dreams are made on, and our little life
    Is rounded with a sleep.

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  3. Yom Teruah sameach AND Shabbat shalom! ☺

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  4. Let's Cook said

    Wow that’s amazing


  5. …..and Barry, I also want to wish you and yours a blessed high holy day observance.


  6. ….and I just made chicken madras

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  7. Let's Cook said

    Thank you for your support ❤️ followed your page. It’s wonderful

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  8. ….I’m on board. Thank you for the invite.

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  9. …heh heh–that’s because you’ve always found it challenging to toot your own horn, modest Barry.


  10. Let's Cook said

    Nice piece
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  11. This particular Jew has tooted one. It’s ridiculously difficult!


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