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The Meaning Behind Rosh Hashana

With Rosh Hashana just five weeks away, it’s time to start preparing for the new year. When buying Jewish New Year gifts for friends and family, have you ever stopped to think about why we enjoy some of these Rosh Hashana staples, such as round challah, apples and honey? Has it ever even crossed your mind that we celebrate the Jewish New Year on the first day of the seventh month of the Jewish calendar, as opposed to the first month?

In many of our Jewish New Year baskets you will find that a round challah is included instead of the traditional shaped challah. Round challahs are prevalent in order to symbolize the circle of life and the cycle of a new year. Moreover, the challah also somewhat resembles a crown, as we refer to God as royalty several times throughout the holiday. We then take this challah along with apples, and dip them into honey as a symbol for our wish for a sweet new year. We offer a fabulous honey selection, which will make a great affordable gift for any of your loved ones! However, if you’re looking for a more complete new year gift try the Apples, Honey & Challah Care Package, which includes all of your Rosh Hashana favorites!

Another interesting fact is that Rosh Hashana begins on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Jewish calendar. This may seem odd, but is comparable to the fact that the new school year starts in September, or that many companies have their fiscal year start at different times of the year. The 7th month according to the Hebrew, God’s calendar is the beginning of the civil year, which means that it’s the beginning of the agricultural year when plants, trees and things like gold, precious stones etc, that God put in the ground of the earth starts to become fruitful towards man. A fun basket that keeps this theme in mind is the “Sweet New Year” Rosh Hashana Gift Basket, which includes the new year traditions, along with some fruity favorites such as apple cake, apple cinnamon fruit spread and assorted dried fruit!

Now it’s your turn; Send honey to a loved one, but include a note for why it’s so significant at this time of the year. Don’t hesitate to surprise your college student with Traditions In A Box, a personal favorite of our undergrads! All in all, just use this holiday as an opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months, and decide what you are going to change in order to make this coming year even more successful than the last!

 

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7 Species Recipe Contest

I just returned from another amazing trip to Israel where I was one of 3 leaders shepherding 14 Jewish moms helping them learn and grow their Judaism and spirituality. Naturally, given the foody person that I am, one of my favorite places in Jerusalem is Mahane Yehuda—the main food market where spirituality and life lessons (patience, self control among the top) abound, especially on Friday afternoon before Shabbat. Let’s just say: OY—very hot and crowded. But, during my visits there I was reminded of the truly biblical foods, the Seven Species:

  • Olives
  • Grapes
  • Wheat
  • Barley
  • Figs
  • Dates
  • Pomegranates

Photo By Erika Yarmoff

Photo By Erika Yarmoff

These are the foods that accentuate a sense of continuity between the biblical Land of Israel and the modern state. They were very significant during ancient times, as the fruits were discovered and embraced the very moment the Israelite’s entered the land after their bondage in Egypt.

 

 

With Rosh Hashana just 7 weeks away I wanted to get you thinking about something yummy to prepare for the holiday! With that in mind, I challenge you to come up with a recipe that includes as ingredients at least 3 of the 7 species listed above. Whether the recipe is for an appetizer, main course, or dessert, everything qualifies as long as the recipe includes at least 3 of the 7 species. The individual with the most creative and tasty submission will receive a 7 species tote bag! Additionally, one runner-up will receive a 7 species pot-holder.

Entering To Win The Tote Bag Is Easy!
  1. Formulate a recipe for an appetizer, main course, side dish or dessert that includes at least 3 of the 7 species
  2. Include instructions for how to prepare the meal
  3. Post your recipe & instructions as a comment below
  4. Submissions must be made by August 16th. The winners will be announced shortly after.
  5. We will email you if you are a winner or runner up.

Best of Luck!

Jane Moritz
Owner

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Rosh Hashana Is Just Around The Corner!

We are in the heat of the summer, but Rosh Hashana is not far away. Don’t be caught off guard this year, as the holiday falls on Wednesday, September 4th this year, just two days after Labor Day.

 Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, is a time of celebration of the New Year and new beginnings. It is an occasion to embrace friends and family, and enjoy this very special time of the year together. Don’t forget about the blowing of the Shofar (the rams horn), which is heard several times on the holiday. Get the kids involved with their own High Holiday Shofar this year; it is sure to keep them occupied!

Gift giving is a very common theme that surrounds the Jewish New Year. There are many food staples for this holiday including: apple cake, apples, honey, challah, and much more! Here at Challah Connection we have a plethora of Rosh Hashana gift baskets that will be sure to leave a sweet taste in your mouth. Some of our most popular gifts include:

Here at Challah Connection we have a fabulous Rosh Hashana product catalog prepared for you, featuring a wide array of New Year gifts. Click Here to request our catalog, which will be going out soon!

Click Here to browse our selection of Rosh Hashana products. It’s never too early to start thinking about what you want to surprise someone special with this New Year.

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