Recipes for the High Holy Days
Rosh Hashanah is a holiday of celebration and introspection and many of the themes associated with the Jewish New Year are best expressed through the special foods that are traditionally served. For example, the round challah symbolizes the cyclical nature of life, while apples and honey express the wish for a sweet year. Try some of these traditional recipes for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Apples are a traditional food and is accompanied by a prayer recited just before eating them. Additionally, apples are traditionally incorporated into the recipes of the festive meal itself
Honey cake is the traditional cake of the "Land of Milk and Honey," the biblical name for Israel. Honey cake is a must for the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, since its sweetness symbolizes the wishes for a good year ahead.
Simanim is Hebrew for "omens." This salad incorporates many of the traditional foods eaten as good omens for the New Year.
Sweet Round Challah
The traditional holiday and Sabbath bread called challah is usually braided all year long. On the High Holidays, we make the challah round instead in order to symbolize a whole and perfect year ahead of us.
Tzimmes is any kind of sweet stew. It usually is orange in color, and includes carrots, sweet potatoes and/or prunes. A wide variety of dishes fall under the heading tzimmes.
Yom Kippur Recipe – Chicken Soup with Kreplach
As Yom Kippur is a fast day, we have a special meal before the observance that helps remind us of the true meaning of this holy day. Before the fast begins at sunset, we traditionally eat kreplach, meat-filled dumplings.
Keftes de Prasa (Leek Patties)
This is a traditional food used to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and is also as a sign of spring.