Celebrating The Jewish New Year Just Got Easier
It’s almost autumn. While some people picture sharpened pencils and lunchboxes at the mere sound of the word, many Jews think of two words: (the) High Holidays when they consider it. Yes, the Jewish New Year, or Rosh Hashanah, occurs this week and we thought it might be fun to share a bit about the two most important Jewish Holidays of the year: Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur.
Rosh Hashanah (\ˌräsh-(h)ə-ˈshä-nə,) is celebrated on the the first and second days of the first Jewish month of Tishrei. It marks the beginning of the Jewish new year and is considered the birthday of the world. According to the Jewish calendar, the Earth will be 5773 years old!
Rosh Hashanah is often celebrated by eating apples dipped in honey. The foods are symbolic of a sweet new year.
If Rosh Hashanah is celebratory and happy, Yom Kippur is the opposite. Ten days after Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur is known as the Jewish Day of Atonement and is considered the holiest day of the year. Jews traditionally observe Yom Kippur with a full day of fasting and spend most of the day in the synagogue praying.
The High Holidays sort of snuck up on me and I did not mail my New Year’s cards out in time for the holiday. Not one to shrink from a creative opportunity, I found this awesome do-it-yourself project using nothing more than paper, a colored stamp pad & a wine cork: from CreativeJewishmom.com. While we may not make it in time for Rosh Hashana, these cards are also great as regular (and inexpensive) greeting cards. In fact, I am planning on enlisting my tween to help me make and distribute them this year.
Here are the details:
Wine cork stamps are the easiest type of stamp to make and a sure cool way to make Rosh Hashana cards. With just a flick of the wrist, you can turn an old cork into a stamp of a super juicy apple.
- Wine cork (I happen to have quite a few around the house these days)
- Sharp knife
- Red Stamp pad
- Black & Green pen
- Card Stock
- Using a sharp knife or a craft knife, make two notches in the cork: one for the indentation at the top of the apple and the other for the indentation for the bottom of the apple.
- Stamp carefully, with a towel under the cardstock to enable a better print, and set aside to dry before adding details.
- Once the stamp has dried, you can add leaves and stems to your apple stamps
- You may want to print out a saying to two to add to the card. Some suggestions include L’Shana Tova (Happy New Year) or Shalom (Peace).
That’s it! Pretty easy and not too messy either! Wishing your family a very happy and healthy Jewish New Year!
Renee Keats is a mom of 1 Princess/Jedi, a cat who thinks that she is a human and a German Shepherd. Renee is also the US Content Editor and a writer for UrbanMommies Media. Though she’s based in Chicago, IL, no one can mistake her candor and sarcasm as representative of someone from the US East Coast. In fact, she’s a “Hon” from Baltimore, Maryland. When not checking homework or carpooling to extra-curricular activities, Renee is often found scouring the internet, specifically Pinterest, for the latest in culinary adventures.