The spirituality and food of the High Holy Days of Judaism

Jewish communities around the world celebrate the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the month of September. These days mark the beginning of the Jewish New Year, the Days of Awe and Wonder and an intense day of fasting and reflecting on life and the challenges of life. Some of the special foods shared during these days are Hallah, which is shaped round and spiraled, indicating our attempt to reach Heavenly heights at this holy time of the year. It also symbolizes the continuity of creation. Honey is prominent, indicating a wish for a sweet year – usually apples are cut up to dip in the honey, as apples indicate fruitfulness. However, other foods can be dipped as well. Honey was also considered a sign of wealth, as the land described in the Bible indicates a land flowing with milk and honey. New fruits are also eaten, celebrating new harvests and to remind us to appreciate the fruits of the earth and our being alive to enjoy them. A prominent fruit eaten is the pomegranate, because there are 613 seeds within the fruit, reminding us of the 613 commandments found in the Torah.

Join our Connections group on Wednesday, September 13, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., as Rabbi Wiener reflects with us on the spirituality and foods of these important Jewish feasts.

For more information, contact Pastor Vernon Meyer, Sun Lakes United Church of Christ, at 480-895-6317.

Connections meets at the Chapel Center, 9230 Sun Lakes Blvd. W., Sun Lakes, AZ 85248.