We celebrated Rosh Hashanah tonight with a special dinner (the actual dates are actually the 16th-18th, so we’re a few days early). Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year and according to Jewish tradition marks the anniversary of the creation of the world. We were excited that Grammy could join us for the festivities :)! We only included several parts of the ceremony so the kids could get a general idea:
Shofar – The shofar (usually a hollowed out ram’s horn) is blown “to herald the beginning of the 10 day period known as the High Holy Days” and also to proclaim God’s Kingship
Apples and Honey – dipping the apples in honey signifies wishes for a sweet new year
Challah – for this celebration, the challah is round to symbolize the circle of time
It is common for people to exchange cards , so I placed small cards at each place setting. We each read two names of God during our prayertime and everyone had fun blowing their shofars, although the dogs (and Dad) were a little overstimulated – LOL! It’s been fun learning about some of the Jewish customs and holidays that Jesus grew up participating in and I love how the symbolism points us to God.