Rosh Hashanah, often called the Jewish New Year, begins a week from tonight and marks the start of the year in the Hebrew calendar. I am always learning something new about this holiday, which begins on a different day each year since it follows the lunar calendar: I didn’t know that Rosh Hashanah starts 163 days after the first day of Passover.
Unlike Dec. 31, when many celebrate with parties and drinking, Rosh Hashanah is one of the holiest days in the Jewish religion. The similarity of all holiday celebrations is food, and no matter what religion or culture, food has a symbolic meaning and kindles fond memories of childhood. The Jewish high holidays are all about family and friends sharing meals, and nothing enhances the dinner like a decadent dessert.
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