Happy New Year! Today marks the Jewish New Year. My mindees enjoyed some Rosh Hashanah related colouring in today to mark this and my school aged mindee told me she had been learning all about Judaism at school.
Rosh Hashana means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.”
The Jewish New Year is a time to begin looking back at the past year and plan the changes to be made in the New Year.
One of the most popular and well-known food customs on Rosh Hashanah has to do with dipping apple slices into honey. This sweet combination stems from an age-old Jewish tradition of eating sweet foods to express our hope for a sweet new year.
‘Teshuvah’ means repentance, ‘Tefilah’ means prayer and ‘Tzedakah’ comes from the Hebrew word tzedek, meaning righteousness or justice and refers to the Jewish practice of giving money in order to help those less fortunate.
Happy New Year!