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Rosh Hashanah in Philadelphia


The CollaborativeIf you're Jewish, you know there is one holiday out of the year that you're not supposed to miss. Rosh Hashanah is to the Jews what Easter is to followers of Christianity. Not Chanukah, not Passover, not any other holiday that your average American might be able to name or associate with Judaism. It's Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. A day that gentile school children know of as a day-off, and Jewish children remember as apples and honey, long hours in synogogue, family dinners and a thing called a shofar. this year, Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown tonight.

The Jewish New Year is an important religious holiday because it is seen as the day of judgement. Literally translated as "head of the year," Rosh Hashanah is observed through religious services that involve reflection and repentance. Rosh Hashanah starts the "High Holy Days," lasting the ten days til Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement. Between these two high holy days, people repent so that they are written in the book of life. Services involve the sounding of the shofar, a ram's horn that was traditionally used to sound the beginning of holy days. Because this year's holiday falls on Shabbat (the Sabbath), the service will be different than if it were just Rosh Hashanah alone. A main difference is that shofar will not be blown during Shabbat.

Margaux Gillman's Traditional Jewish Apple CakeTraditional meals for Rosh Hashanah include a round challah (braided bread), roast chicken or brisket, and apples with honey. Eating naturally sweet foods such as apples, honey, dates, etc. ensure you a "sweet new year." If you're looking for a place to go for Rosh Hashanah services in Philadelphia, the best place to look for a service that fits you is The Collaborative

If you're having people over to your house after services for a traditional Rosh Hashanah dinner or to break the fast on Yom Kippur there are many Jewish bakeries or caterers, or recipes on web. For delicious baked goods, try Gillman's Goodies, but be sure to call in your order soon!

On Rosh Hashanah, you want to greet friends and family by saying "L'shana tova," wishing them a good year. שנה טובה


2:34 PM
Fri Sep 18 2009
שנה טובה

Nice article! I am not Jewish but am blessed with wonderful Jewish friends who have invited me to Rosh Hashana dinner this evening. L'shana tova and shabbat shalom!