Don’t feel lost this holiday! Understand the process and feel inspired. No matter how many years you have been observing the holiday, you may find these tips helpful.
- Clear the air-You don’t want to go into the New Year bound by unfulfilled promises that you didn’t keep. On the morning prior to Rosh Hashonah in Synagogue say the Hatarat Nedorim (annulment of vows).
- Look your best-Yes, it’s a Mitzvah to look good on the holiday..You are going before a king.
- Last Minute prep– Light a Yartzeit candle before the holiday so that you will have a pre-existing flame to use for lighting candles on Thursday and Friday night.
- Light up-Light candles each night (Wed., Thurs. and Fri before Shabbat)Say the special blessings.
- Best wishes-There is a special way to greet people on the first night of Rosh HaShanah..In English: “May you be inscribed or sealed for a good year!”
- Exotic Dishes-The menu is slightly different- round challas, apple in honey, carrots and other foods that have different symbolism.
- Watch what you eat- We try not to eat things that are sharp.
- Just hear it-There is nothing more important on Rosh HaShanah than hearing the Shofar. Try to hear 100 blows, but if you just make the first 30 you are okay!
- Not quite Fishing- On the first afternoon of Rosh HaShanah we head off to a lake or a body of water to symbolically cast off our sins.
- New Fruit-On the second night of Rosh HaShanah we eat a New Fruit so that we can make a blessing of Shehecheyanu at the Candle lighting and Kiddush.
Have a sweet new year and may you be inscribed for a good year!