For this blog post, I decided to share all my knowledge on the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of a new year just like we celebrate New Years every January 1st.
This holiday celebrates the beginning of the world and is one of the two “High Holy Days” in the Jewish religion because of how popular and important the holiday is.
This year for Rosh Hashanah I spent my Sunday night and Saturday morning in services. This holiday is all about throwing your sins away and starting a clean, fresh new year. Also, a big part of Rosh Hashanah is hearing the shofar blow. We blow the shofar for many reasons including; reminding ourselves that god was crowned king of the universe, reminding us to rededicate ourselves to Torah study and to remind G0d of our original commitment and sincerity, it reminds us of the voice of the prophets, who like the blast of the shofar called upon us to correct our ways, it reminds us of the cries and tears shed for the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and is blown for many more reasons after that.
This year for Rosh Hashanah on the second day, after services, I went to celebrate the New year with family and family friends in New York City. My family was in charge of bringing dessert. We brought honey cake, chocolate cake, and apple cake.
The honey cake was to represent a sweet new year which is what Rosh Hashanah is all about. A very big tradition is to eat apples and honey to represent a new year so we made a honey cake to also symbolize this.
The apple cake just like the honey cake was to represent a sweet new year. We put a caramel layer on top too just to make it even sweeter and more enjoyable.
Finally, we made a chocolate cake because “Who doesn’t love chocolate cake,” my mom told me as we were baking. You could say the chocolate was to represent sweetness but there was no meaning behind making a chocolate cake besides almost everyone liking chocolate.
*The pictures of the three cakes were taken by me which is why they are not the greatest quality but show how the cakes looked like after they were baked.
**Also these recipes have been passed down from many generations in my family and are only used on this certain holiday which is why I cannot share this recipe.