Thursday, 5 September 2013

Rosh Hashanah

A busy day here; we all went to the Children's Service at Synagogue, which, at over an hour, was, in my opinion, still too long for small children, but which this year, was amazingly relaxed and laid back, with interjections from the congregation, laughing, smiling and lots of "help" from the children - so different to last year, where the congregation seemed very ill-at-ease with the leader's attempts to engage with the children. This year, everyone just seemed...happy.

Afterwards we went to Avon Heath Country Park for the Not Back To School Picnic. I didn't get many pictures of Grace, as she was mostly a streak running around, but got a few of Jude, and it was lovely for us all to spend time with other Home Edding families.

Making friends

Den building

New clothes for Rosh Hashanah

Gorgeous Jude in a rare smiley moment today!


We had our Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) feast tonight, as Grace was out last night - Pomegranate Chicken with jewelled rice and Apple Crostata with a cheese crust, accompanied, of course with Rosh Hashanah round spiced raisin Challah. Round foods are traditional at Rosh Hashanah, to symbolise the cycle of the year (hence the ubiquitous apples), as are sweet foods like honey and pomegranates. The cheese based dessert may have been a little out of the ordinary for Rosh Hashanah, but it was sugar-free, so we were all able to eat it - and it was a circle! We are looking forward to having the Challah toasted tomorrow; my Rosh Hashanah Challah often ends up a little under baked, but today it was just right!

The Festival Candles

Round, sweet Challah

What's left of our unorthodox
(but still round!) dessert

L'Shana Tova everyone!

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