A Sweet New Year!

My favorite fall holiday is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. It’s filled with reflection, sounds of the shofar, planning for the new year and best of all, sweet foods for a sweet year.

In my house we begin with a celebratory dinner that includes symbolic foods, like round challah, to celebrate the cycle of the year, and of course, apples and honey. We toast with apple cider or wine, saying L’shanah tovah—for a good year!

For an introduction to a variety of Rosh Hashanah traditions, Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with families around the world. The vibrant photos really capture the holiday spirit!

The warm illustrations of holiday symbols and autumn weather bring us closer to a young girl's feelings On Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Rabbi Benjamin's congregation makes him a special holiday vest with four buttons to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. But when he eats too much delicious food to celebrate, Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons start to pop off!  Recipes are included to celebrate Jewish holidays throughout the year.

A new year is a time for reflection in many cultures. Annie joyfully guides her family through reflection rituals in Tashlich at Turtle Rock that personalize tashlich, a practice where the sins of the past year are ritually cast into water.

Learn all about how that sweet honey is made in What's the Buzz? On a photo-filled field trip to a bee farm, Yigal the beekeeper explains how bees make the honey we eat to celebrate Rosh Hashanah.

Shalom Sesame encourages us all to do a world of good during Rosh Hashanah through videos featuring Sesame Street characters, some familiar and some unique to Shalom Sesame.

L’shanah tovah! What will you do to celebrate Rosh Hashanah?