Sunday, September 18, 2011

Rosh Hashanah Celebration

We Celebrated Rosh Hashanah this week in our studies using My Father's World and the book Celebrating Biblical Feast.
Rosh Hashanah is like the Jewish New Year and celebrates the birth of the world and is the beginning of the holy days.  If you want to know more about it, I found this site that explains it
 our ceremony began with blowing of the shofar - a ram's horn trumpet(I will also be blowing this to wake the children up for the next 10 days for the 10 days of atonement) I then lit the candles and prayed.

the father prays a blessing on the wine(same as Sabbath)
and the father prays for the bread(same as Sabbath) only this time our bread is round for a round full year ahead.
we then ate our meal, I made meatloaf but traditionally they would have had fish with the head still on and we had green beans and candied carrots(the recipe was in the book so it must have been tradition)
we had apples dipped in honey - a symbol for a wish for a sweet new year
we had a new fruit ( we chose black grapes that we had never had before and are especially sweet) and M said the prayer for this one.
we ended with signing happy birthday to the world and ate honey cake M made.  When we made this it took a lot of honey almost 2 cups and then to make it worse it boiled over on M and made a huge mess all over the stove.  Also we really didn't care for it that much so I wouldn't bother with it unless you have ample supply of honey you don't mind experimenting with, I'd skip it.

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