Ascent 277 – Celebrating Rosh Hashana

2016-10-05-19-43-29We were invited to dinner with our friend Jessica and her mother, Sandy, on Monday in observance of the Jewish New Year.

According to Wikipedia, Rosh Hashana literally translated means “the beginning of the year.” The biblical name is Yom Teruah which translates to “day of blasting / shouting”, sometimes translated as the Feast of Trumpets. It is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days which occur in the early Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

Additionally, it’s a blessing for those who commute in the NYC area as the traffic is substantially reduced.

We acquired a pecan pie from the awesome Young’s Farm on Long Island, and rounded up a bottle of Pinot Grigio we had on hand. I was going to take my UK version of Trivial Pursuit albeit was advised our hosts had a version on hand. There goes my competitive advantage.

Dinner preparations were under way when we arrived and we were invited to partake of some chips and hummus while we waited.

I was asked to cut up the chicken as the last part of the prep, and the meal commenced. A round challah loaf was on the table. Normally, it’s a braided loaf. We were informed that the round loaf represents the circle of life. A great addition to a New Year feast.

After the meal, we cleared the table and set up the Trivial Pursuit. It was Jessica and Sandy vs. Susan and I. It was a fun game, neck and neck all the way, with our hosts ultimately taking the crown around midnight.

It’s going to be a great year. Shanah Tovah.

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