TD Holiday Food  


Jewish Reminders on What to Eat,
When to Eat It,
and How to Prepare for Eating


Rosh Hashanah -- Feast
Tzom Gedalia -- Fast
Yom Kippur -- More fasting
Sukkot -- Feast
Hoshanah Rabbah -- More feasting
Simchat Torah -- Keep feasting
Month of Heshvan- No feasts or fasts for a whole month. Get a grip on yourself.
Hanukkah -- Eat potato pancakes
Tenth of Tevet -- Do not eat potato pancakes
Tu B'Shevat -- Feast
Fast of Esther -- Fast
Purim -- Eat pastry
Passover -- Do not eat pastry
Shavuot -- Dairy feast (cheesecake, blintzes etc.)
Seventeenth of Tammuz -- Fast (definitely no cheesecake or blintzes)
Nine days of Av -- Don't eat meat.  Might be OK to eat cheesecake or blintzes.
Tish B'Av -- Very strict fast (don't even think about cheesecake or blintzes)
Month of Elul -- End of cycle.

Note to self:  Enroll in Center for Eating Disorders before High Holidays arrive again.

From The Holidays of God: Fall Feasts, Copyright 2000 by RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI.



Seriously, Now


Rosh Hashanah -- On Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat foods that are sweet with flavor. This symbolizes the "sweetness and good fortune" of the New Year ahead. Foods flavored with honey, apples and carrots are commonly served. The Rosh Hashanah meal begins with apple and challah dipped in honey.

Challah -- the bread usually eaten on the Sabbath, is also specially prepared for the holiday. Instead of the traditional braided loaf, the Rosh Hashanah challah is round - symbolizing the cycle of the new year. The design of ladders or birds are added to the holiday challah by some families to commemorate the prayers rising to Heaven.

Matzah/Matzot -- a flat bread made without adding leavening which would be yeast or baking powder... any substance that makes the bread rise. It is eaten during Hag HaMatzot, The Feast of Unleavened Bread. The reason for the flat bread is that during the Exodus, the Israelites left Mitzrayim/Egypt in haste with their kneading troughs on their backs. Due to the haste of their departure their unbaked bread would not have had time to rise.


Written by Billye Jeane Mercer

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