A Guide to Rosh Hashanah

Usher in the Jewish New Year with a festive meal and traditional customs steeped in delicious flavors.

  • Honey Cake
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Honey Cake

    Traditionally served the first night on Rosh Hashanah, this cake expresses hope that the year to come will be sweet. The flavor improves over time, so make it ahead and store it in a zip-top bag.

    Recipe: Honey Cake

  • Challah
    Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro


    This traditional Jewish bread has a moist, rich texture and is often braided. Serve it round on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize the perfection of the year to come. At the post-service meal, dip the challah in honey and enjoy. Honey is symbolic for the desire for a good year, and represents wealth and a generally good life.

    Recipe: Challah

  • Whole Roasted Trout with Asian Pear-Fig Chutney
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Judy Feagin

    Whole Roasted Trout with Asian Pear-Fig Chutney

    One memorable tradition of Rosh Hashanah is eating the head of a fish during the holiday meal. While the head is a symbol of fertility and abundance, consuming it also represents the hope to be a leader in the world through moral living.

    Recipe: Whole Roasted Trout with Asian Pear-Fig Chutney

  • Pomegranate and Beet Salad
    James Carrier

    Pomegranate and Beet Salad

    On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, celebrate by eating a new fruit that you haven't eaten this year while saying the shehecheyanu blessing, which gives thanks for life and the new season. We suggest a pomegranate, which is said to have 613 seeds, the same number as the mitzvoth.

    Recipe: Pomegranate and Beet Salad

  • Marinated Grilled Apples with Mint
    Karry Hosford

    Marinated Grilled Apples with Mint

    Serve sliced apples with honey to celebrate the hope of a sweet year to come. If you have leftover apples, throw a few on the grill later in the week for a delicious dessert.

    Recipe: Marinated Grilled Apples with Mint

  • Roasted Carrots

    Roasted Carrots

    Carrots, "meren" in Yiddish, also means "to increase." Serve roasted carrots with honey for a double-hit in welcoming the New Year: sweet symbolic honey and carrots, to represent the hope of increasing good deeds in the coming year.

    Recipe: Roasted Carrots

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