Preparing the Evening Meal

The first night of Rosh Hashanah begins with a meal that features traditional foods and blessings. The custom of a special Rosh Hashanah meal goes back more than 1,500 years to a Jewish book of commentary and laws called the Talmud, which describes certain foods to eat on Rosh Hashanah.

Over time, blessings were added to these foods to help inspire people to act better in the new year. The tradition grew over time to include more symbolic foods (see Symbolic New Year Foods), with various dishes becoming popular in different Jewish communities around the world. And – good news for kids! – the Rosh Hashanah meal highlights sweet foods, symbolizing our desire to have a sweet new year.

21 Easy, Kid-Friendly Rosh Hashanah Recipes Your Family Will Love

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