The Jewish New Year is upon us and begins at sundown on Wednesday. L’Shana Tova.
For more about the Jewish New Year- that the holiday occurs at this time of year and that it is the year 5772 go here.
Judaism has several different “new years,” a concept which may seem strange at first, but think of it this way: the American “new year” starts in January, but the new “school year” starts in September, and many businesses have “fiscal years” that start at various times of the year. In Judaism, Nissan 1 is the new year for the purpose of counting the reign of kings and months on the calendar, Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals, Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees (determining when first fruits can be eaten, etc.), and Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years (when we increase the year number. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).
That should clear it up. No? Well, no worries. Just think food.
Food for the Rosh Hashanah holiday symbolizes hope for a year filled with good things – think apples dipped in honey, honey cake, challah dipped in honey. Desserts for the holiday are created with fruits of the harvest like apples, pomegranates, and figs.
Rosh Hashanah brings the beginning of the High Holy Days where not only do we greet the new year but we take time to reflect on the year past and it ends with a day of atonement called Yom Kippur (here). One of the rituals on the day of Yom Kippur is fasting. When the day is over the fast is typically broken with a dairy meal or a sweet treat with tea, or fresh fruits. There are various customs all over the world. But the one thing they all have in common is that the Yom Kippur fast is broken in the company of friends and family.
In the coming days look for a couple more tasty gluten-free recipes to be published here to help break your Yom Kippur fast – with more than enough to share with not only family and friends, but a small city.
For reference to the Gluten Free Canteen’s collection of gluten-free, dairy-free recipes for your Rosh Hashanah holiday follow these links:
Here’s to a sweet new year filled with goodness and peace – and to a year filled with good health and fabulous gluten-free eating.
For more fabulous Rosh Hashanah links:
Real Food Holidays Blog Carnival – Rosh Hashana 2011 here (the GF Canteen post is linked there along with several other great holiday blogs)
Rosh Hashanah Sangria (along with several other great holiday recipes) from Shiksa in the Kitchen
And from Norene Gilletz Rosh Hashanah Honey Apple Cake and more here