L’Shanah Tovah! In other words: Happy New Year! For many, today marks the beginning of the High Holy Days. Rosh Hashanah, the first night of the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown, and Yom Kippur—also known as the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year for those of the Jewish faith—is celebrated on September 22nd and 23rd.
As we celebrate this special holiday, many of you may be interested in teaching your children more about the historical and cultural importance of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our Children’s D Department has a great variety of fun and informative books just for this purpose. Below is a sampling of our selection. To learn more about our children’s Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur books, or to check for availability, you can call us at 516-731-5728 or stop by the Children’s Room.
As with any major holiday, Rosh Hashanah is a time for families to gather together over delicious traditional foods. This is especially apt as Yom Kippur calls for 25 hours of fasting. Some of the delicacies often found at the Rosh Hashanah table include: apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), dates, pomegranates, and rodanchas (pumpkin filled pastries). If you are looking for some culinary inspiration during this holiday season, you may want to check out the following titles: