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Rosh Hashanah 2017!

Ahava G., Pulse Staff Writer

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Editor’s Note: Due to Hurricane Irma there was a delay in the publishing of this article.  Please take note and we suggest you enjoy the recipe as you break the fast next week.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is considered to be one of Judaism’s holiest days. It commemorates the creation of the world.  Tradition tells us that  Hashem decides in the Ten Days of Awe – a period of time  between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur –  whether you will live or die in the upcoming year. The Jewish people recite teshuva and repent up until Yom Kippur by praying, doing good deeds, remembering past mistakes, and making good with others in order to be forgiven. We are not allowed to work on this holiday, and many Jews spend a majority of the holiday davening in their synagogues.   They read from the Machzor,  a special prayer book used during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.   

Customs and Symbols of Rosh Hashanah:

  • Apples and Honey: A popular custom where people dip an apple in honey and proceed to recite a prayer. Ancient Jews thought apples could heal, and honey represents having a sweet new year.
  • Tashlich: This is done on Rosh Hashanah, which symbolizes throwing away the sins of the past year by throwing bread into water while saying prayers.

Rosh Hashanah Recipe Highlight: Applesauce Cake 

  • 1 cup Earth Balance non-hydrogenated margarine, softened
  • 1 jar banana baby food
  • 2 eggs
  • 32 oz. jar of natural applesauce
  • 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 325. Cream margarine and bananas. Add eggs and mix well. Pour in applesauce, beating well, then add dry ingredients. Fold in nuts. Pour batter into a greased 9″ x 13″ pan and bake for about 1 hour or until toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.

Note: You may substitute almonds or coconut for the walnuts or omit them entirely.

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/2155212/jewish/Applesauce-Cake.htm   

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