Rosh Hashanah: Celebrating the Jewish New Year

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This post comes to us courtesy of food writer and registered dietitian Joy Zacharia.


From September 28th through the 30th, Jewish people around the world will celebrate Rosh Hashanah, which in Hebrew means “head of the year.” It is observed to commemorate the creation of the world.


Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second day of Tishrei of the Jewish calendar. It is also called the Feast of the Trumpets because a ram’s horn, or shofar, is blown to usher in the new year. In biblical times, the shofar was used to announce the new moon, holidays or war.


Although Rosh Hashanah has a festive element, it is considered to be one of the holiest days of the year and a time for introspection and prayer. Similar to the American holiday, Rosh Hashanah is the time for new year’s resolutions.


A popular observance during this holiday is eating apples or bread dipped in honey to symbolize our hope for a sweet new year. Create a menu from the dishes below, which showcase the flavors and colors of this special holiday.


First Course

Arugula-Orange Salad with Pomegranate-White Wine Vinaigrette

Main Course

Pan-Roasted Salmon Fillets in Mango Juice

Sesame Brown Rice


Roast Lamb with Mint-Apple Couscous

Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Olive Oil and Lemon Peel




Roasted Pears with Honey, Bay and Greek Yogurt (Serve this delicious dessert solo or alongside your favorite honey cake or pound cake.)


Baked Apples Filled with Apricots and Figs

About the author: Joy, a registered dietitian, developed a love of food and cooking at age 10 while living in Mexico City when she opted to help peel, chop and shred for elaborate Mexican feasts instead of going outside to play with kids her own age. Joy’s Spanish-Jewish roots cultivated a passion for world food, such as Turkish, Israeli, and Cuban, but her familial struggle with weight led to a career in nutrition. The combination enabled her to embrace the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet without forfeiting amazing flavor. Joy was an associate food editor for magazines such as Southern Living and Cooking Light, developed recipes for Natural Health magazine and various food companies.

4 comments about “Rosh Hashanah: Celebrating the Jewish New Year

  1. terri silverman

    Fabulous recipes for Rosh Hashannah or the Jewish New Year… go find a shofar..!!! and enjoy the treats of this holiday just like every other holiday either Christmas Yom kippur Easter.. we all have holildays embrace them and enjoy with family traditions and family!! Share you recipes !! they last a live time….I still use my Grandma’s recipes to this day for certain things….!!

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