September and October (before Halloween) are a time to take a deep breath before the winter holidays. September is usually the time of year that ends with the start of the school year.
The exception can be with the Jewish community around the world. In September there are four periods of what I would call observations on their calendar
We know that our Jewish friends celebrate various holidays, and some even celebrate Christian ones. I bet there are some Jews who may have forgotten what is behind their own holidays. So let’s go over the Jewish holidays in September.
Rosh Hashanah – New Year – 6-8 September
That year 5782 started last week on the Jewish / Hebrew calendar. Commemoration of the beginning of the coming year according to the teaching of Judaism. It marks the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Adults refrain from any work and fast from the 6th to the 8th until sunset.
The greeting “Shanah Tovah” means “good year” in Hebrew and can be used continuously until the end of the Simchat Torah on September 29th.
Yom Kippur – 15.-16. September
Yom Kippur begins ten days after Rosh Hashanah. The holiest days of the year and the last days of penance. It focuses on atonement and repentance. We spend most of the day in synagogue services and intense prayers for forgiveness for and from sins.
Sukkot – 20-22 September
It is a time to give thanks for food and shelter. The “Feast of the Gathering” – to commemorate the refuge of the Israelites in the wilderness. Along with celebrating the farmer’s annual harvest.
Simchat Torah – 27.-29. September
The September Festival is rounded off. Simchat Torah marks the beginning of the new year cycle. It is a joyful celebration as a clean board opens to start the new year.
I hope 5782 is a better year than 5781 – not just for the Jewish community, but for all of us.
Let us consider a common connection between all Jewish festivals – the kitchen. Kosher foods and diets are somewhat common during the holidays. But often falls away in the rest of the year. Maintaining a kosher kitchen at home can be quite difficult.
All other items including food, utensils, and surfaces need to be changed. Meat and dairy products are kept strictly separate. Along with the types of meat. The commercial arena is carefully watched. All processed foods require certification from a trusted rabbi or kosher overseer.
Of all of my Jewish friends, only two households keep kosher kitchens all year round. The dietary laws of the Jews are quite complex.
Charoset is usually equated with Passover, but is wonderfully prepared and served as a sweet condiment or relish year round. There is no right or wrong way to prepare this incredible combination of apples, nuts, cinnamon and sweet wine. It can either be sleek or chunky.
The word Charoset comes from Hebrew and means “clay”.
It represents the mortar that was made by the Israelites in slavery in Egypt. A real treat on crackers, bread, bagels, whatever. Even on your plate.
1 apple, quartered, cored & peeled
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped (pitted) dates
2 TBSP. honey
2 TBSP. sweet grape juice (grape juice can be substituted)
1/2 tsp. cinammon
Mix the finely chopped apples and the remaining ingredients in a small bowl. Mix and combine well. Makes about 1¼ cups. Keeps in the refrigerator for several weeks.
TIPS: Keeps at room temperature: Avocados 4 to 7 days; Bananas 2 to 5 days; Onions 3 to 4 months; Garlic 3 to 6 months
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