Rosh Hashanah, one of the most important holidays in the Jewish religion, begins tonight at sunset. The holiday marks the start of the Jewish High Holidays, which last 10 days from Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur. Literally translated as "head of the year," Rosh Hashanah is considered the Jewish New Year; it's a time of rebirth, a time of reflection, and a time to reunite with family far and wide.
If your family includes little kids, make sure to include them in the celebration with recipes and crafts made especially for the holiday. Here are a few suggestions:
Rosh Hashanah recipes
There are lots of yummy recipes you can try for the family this Rosh Hashanah like this Apple Honey Challah or these Oven Roasted Root Vegetables from The Shiksa in the Kitchen. Or try these Honey Cookies from Chabad.org, this chocolate-apricot babka from the New York Times or this tsimmes salad made with carrots, plums and scallions from Allrecipes.com.
Rosh Hashanah crafts
Last year, I posted 4 crafts for Rosh Hashanah that still look pretty cool including Star of David napkin rings and apple core magnets. Kids can make their own shofar using these instructions from TLC. To hear what a shofar sounds like, visit the Rosh Hashanah page from Torah Tots and scroll down to "The Shofar." The Creative Jewish Mother also has some amazing Rosh Hashanah craft ideas, including these honey comb hexagon jars and these wine cork Rosh Hashanah cards. You could also try this cute pomegranate card from Family Fun or this stuffed challah made out of pantyhose from Akhlah.
To all who are celebrating: best wishes for a happy, healthy and sweet New Year! L’Shana Tova!