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what does rosh hashanah celebrate

If you've grown up west of the Mississippi, there's a good chance you have no idea what Rosh Hashanah is. It's the Jewish New Year, or "day of judgment", and this year it starts on Sunday, September 9.  It is followed 10 days later by the "day of atonement", which is Yom Kippur (and a whole different blog post).  Taken together, these are the High Holidays, which are kicked off with Rosh Hashanah.

Like at many holidays, Rosh Hashanah is an occasion for gathering and eating. If you are honored with a dinner invitation for Rosh Hashanah, you will not want to show up empty-handed. What to do, you ask? Here are ideas for a few dishes to bring and a few gifts to give so you can choose one and impress your host - time permitting. If all else fails, bring wine!

number 1

apple butter challah bread

Ok, this beauty takes time, but there's nothing like fresh challah. From one of our favorite blogs comes Leah Koenig's favorite challah recipe from childhood. Give yourself plenty of time to make this recipe - like an entire day. Most impressive and worth the effort! Photo: Leah Koenig


number 2

fish cookies

This is something fun to do with the little ones. These fish cookies are easy to make and you can package them in lots of fun ways. Low on the difficulty scale but high on looks. Honestly, this blog is written in Hebrew so we can't read ingredients, but figure classic sugar cookies in a fish shape with sprinkles of sugar and cinnamon (the recipe link is for Land o' Lakes). The photos on Miss Petel's blog are darling and make the blog worth a visit even if, like us, you can't read Hebrew. Photo: Miss Petel


number 3

mason jar honey cakes

Make these delicious individual-sized honey cakes 'en masse' with custom labels for a five-star presentation. Your hosts won't want to wait for dessert, so open some wine and start an afternoon of baking. Photo: Chana's Art Room


number 4

havdalah candle

Natural beeswax candles have the scent of honey, and honey is a MUST for Rosh Hashanah. You can get ones like ours at FaithHaus. $15


number 5

rosh hashanah placecards

This one looks hard but secretly is easy. Here's what you do: 1) Buy name cards and pre-write guest names if known 2) Buy pomegranates and cut a small slit on top 3) Bring to your host - who most likely ran out of time to do place cards - and impress! Photo: Joy Marie Photography


number 6

rosh hashanah decor

This is another idea that has a big visual impact with very little effort. Either pre-order at your local florist or buy an assortment of vases at Ikea, fill with green apples and water, top with hydrangea stems and tie a raffia ribbon around. For centerpieces, use several small containers. Voila, a thoughtful, easy, and stunning hostess gift for the High Holidays! Photo: It's All About The Flowers


number 7

silver honey and apple rosh hashanah plate

This beautiful silver Rosh Hashanah plate honors the traditional blessing of apples and honey. For the hostess who has everything, Silver Apple Rosh Hashanah Plate $180


number 8

modern challah bread cover

One can never have enough heirloom linens. This challah bread cover makes a great gift that can be passed on for generations as linen wears so well. Modern Challah Bread Cover, $35


number 9

pomegranate soy candle

Pomegranates are a big part of the Rosh Hashanah holiday as they symbolize fruitfulness and abundance. This candle allows the recipient to indulge in pomegranates for more than just one day. Pomegranate Noir Soy Candle, $52


number 10

recycle blue glasses

Blue glasses can be used for everything from wine to water and make such a beautiful Rosh Hashanah table setting. These are made from recycled glass by Moroccan artisans. Moroccan Recycled Glasses, $8/each 


Blessings to all on this New Year. L'Shana Tova

love, faithhaus


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