September 18, 2020
Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration of the start of the Jewish New Year. It is also the start of what is known as the High Holidays, leading up to Yom Kippur—the Day of Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish calendar. This year, Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Friday, September 18, and Yom Kippur falls on Sunday, September 27.
During Rosh Hashanah, there are special prayer services, and many look forward to the new year and what it might bring. Celebrations also often include eating sweet foods, like apples dipped in honey, to symbolize hopes for a sweet new year.
Planning your Rosh Hashanah menu? Be sure to check out these cookbooks in MCPL’s collection:
- Joan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook by Joan Nathan
- The Holiday Kosher Baker by Paula Shoyer
- The Artisanal Kitchen: Jewish Holiday Baking by Uri Scheft (on order)
Interested in learning more about Rosh Hashanah? Here are a few suggested reads:
- Rosh Hashanah Is Coming! by Tracy Newman (children’s book)
- Your Guide to the Jewish Holidays by Matt Axelrod
- Celebrate Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur by Deborah Heiligman (online periodical)
- What a Way to Start the New Year: A Rosh Hashanah Story by Jacqueline Jules (children’s book)
For even more Rosh Hashanah books and videos, visit the Library’s book list here.
L’Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year!
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