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.
Apples and Honey: A Rosh Hashanah Story
New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Sound the Shofar! : A Story for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
Sammy Spider’s First Rosh Hashanah
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:
Joan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook (Revised)
Jewish Cooking for All Seasons: Fresh, Flavorful Kosher Recipes for Holidays and Every Day
The Gefilte Variations: 200 Inspired Re-creations of Classics from the Jewish Kitchen, with Menus, Stories and Traditions for the Holidays and Year-Round
The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen : 70 Ways to Have Fun with your Kids and Make your Family’s Celebrations Special
The New Jewish Table : Modern Seasonal Recipes for Traditional Dishes