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!