we celebrated it early
It feels that it's not as much work as Sabbath, maybe because I didn't intend it to be a day of rest tomorrow. (I should have, especially after reading Leviticus 23:23-25, which is the biblical reference to Feast of the Trumpets, but we already planned some things to be done)
Still I'm working towards working hard tomorrow and trying to make SUNDAY the rest day instead.
So, here's what Rosh Hashanah is: Head/Start of the Year. The Jewish New Year!
We watched these videos for preparing for Rosh Hashanah
And this one from Shalom Sesame
And we read these books
First I made the round challah (signifying a full and round year)
After having a rather hard challah last time(still good), I thought maybe I should really follow the recipe and knead it by hand. But after a while, it got so difficult, I still threw the dough back to my dependable KitchenAid.
Here's the dough
And we shaped it (learnt it from here, ooh! I should really try that apple butter challah, looks so good!)
And we made a ladder to show that our prayers go up to God and not man.
We made different types of shofar (the horn of the ram). The plain one (the gold), the embellished one(blue) and the bent one (with our heart bent to God)
We blew the shofar before dinner and read a passage from the book to remind us to be awakened.
There are ten reasons for blowing the shofar and we'll read one every day until the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
Rosh Hashanah is a day of acknowledging GOD IS KING over the earth. (I should have put it over a map or globe)
And we dipped apples in honey to signify a sweet year
We partook the fruit of the vine (grapejuice) and lit candles again as a way of REMEMBERING God's goodness to us.
And we broke bread
Dinner is served!
Cracker-crusted fried chicken with roasted vegetables (especially carrots, because it sounds like "increase" in Hebrew) and salad.
I wish I had time to bake the honey cake, but I had to spend time with my "just graduated to big bed and will not stay in it" little toddler. =)