Rosh Hashanah, which begins this year on September 24, 2014 at sunset, marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. The celebration, lasting for two days, is the most sacred period of the year. Also known as the High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah ushers in the Ten Days of Penitence.
At home, the New Year is ushered in with many symbolically special foods. Fresh apple slices are dipped in honey, and apple, honey cake, and honey pastry (teiglach) all signify wishes for a sweet year. Sweet dishes are preferred, and sour or bitter flavors are avoided. Challah, in a round form, is eaten on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize the whole, round year. The first fruits and vegetables of the fall harvest are always on the Rosh Hashanah menu as well as many other delectable and savory dishes.
The Jewish New Year is a time of gentleness and solemnity, which culminates in Yom Kippur.
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