L’shanah tovah

HoneyAs you greet your Jewish friends this week, you can wish them ‘Lshanah tovah,’ or happy new year as they join other Jewish Americans in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar. The High Holy Days culminate ten days from now with Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. Literally speaking, Rosh Hashanah means “head of the year” and marks the new year of people, animals, and legal contracts.  Some believe it also marks the completion of the creation of the world.  In addition to time set aside for prayer and reflection, Rosh Hashanah, like many special occasions, is celebrated with a family dinner adding the delectable feasts of apples and honey or sweet treats like honey cakes. The holiday challah is round and often includes raisins, extra egg, and sugar to make it sweeter - all reminders of the wish for a sweet new year.  Families set out their fancy tableware and gather with friends and family for an evening of celebration.  Make it Better recently featured some special sweet and savory recipes for the holiday, and Card & Party Giant always has a nice selection of elegant design plates, napkins, serviceware, and party supplies to complement your home dinner party or other entertainment. Happy New Year to all our Jewish patrons and community members.  May your year be good. May your year be sweet.  

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