September 25, 2003
For the Kids
Rosh Hashanah is upon us. We will use the shofar to blow us into the new year, we will dip apples in honey for a sweet year and our challah will be round just like the yearly cycle. Our new year will be celebrated this on Sept. 26, the 1st of Tishrei.
Here are some weird customs people perform on Rosh Hashanah that you might not know about:
Eating from the head of a sheep and saying: "May we be at the head and not at the tail."
Not napping on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah. Why? Because if we do that on Rosh Hashanah we may end up "napping" through the year.
Eating a pomegranate. It is said that the pomegranate has 613 seeds -- just like the number of mitzvot in the Torah.
Another ritual performed during Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich, which is the act of throwing your sins into running water. People use bread crumbs or rocks to symbolize their sins. They go to running water, such as the ocean or a river, because there are fish there. Fish never close their eyes, so they symbolize the ever-watchful eye of God. Cool, huh?
Apples & Almonds
How About This?
Make Rosh Hashanah Cookie Cutters
You will need:
3 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups margarine
1 beaten egg
2 teaspoons almond
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine ingredients. Mix, roll and cut out the dough. Bake until lightly browned at 375 F, about 12 minutes.