Rosh Hashanah means ‘Head of the Year’ in Hebrew. It is the beginning of ten days when Jewish people think very carefully about their behavior during the past year remembering what they have done, asking and praying to be forgiven for any bad deeds and promise to be better next year.
One of the rituals for Rosh Hashanah is the blowing of the Shofar, a ram’s horn trumpet. A hundred notes are sounded in a special rhythm. The sound of the shofar starts a ten-day period known as the ‘Days of Awe’, which ends with the solemn festival of Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah foods are sweet with flavor symbolizing the sweetness and good fortune of the new year ahead. Other foods flavored with honey, apples and carrots are commonly served. The traditional Rosh Hasanah meal begins with apple and challah dipped in honey. Instead of the traditional braided loaf, the Rosh Hashanah challah is round which symbolizes the cycle of the new year. The design of ladders or birds are often times added to the holiday challah commemorating the prayers rising to Heaven.
Children can celebrate year round with this classic wooden set consisting of a shofar, kiddush cup, honey dish, two candlesticks with candles, an apple with velcro for slicing, two round raisin challahs and a challah cover.