Why is everyone saying Shana Tova?

Shana Tova

Hi friends. This is a little bit of a different post for me, but something that I really wanted to talk about.

Hi friends. This is a little bit of a different post for me, but something that I really wanted to talk about.   Tonight is the start of one of the holiest holidays in the Jewish Calendar, Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. For those of you that don't know, I'm Jewish. I have been my whole life. :) Growing up I never wanted to talk about my religion because I felt different from my friends. No one in my circle celebrated as many holidays, went to temple, ate Kosher, spoke Hebrew, and believed in G-d. I was different and I felt different. But, as time went on I realized how important it is to embrace my religion and share with everyone what it means to be Jewish.   Ever since the media has been around, it has been easier to talk about being Jewish. Having celebrities like Mayim Bialik and Natalie Portman talk about their faith, has given me that nudge to do the same.   I'll get more into Judaism in another post, but for now I wanted to share with you what Rosh Hashanah is. Not only will you be seeing it all over my Snapchat (@gavish), but I can almost guarantee that it will be on others as well. ›› So. Much. Food!  You can say i'm pretty excited. :)  Rosh Hashanah is TWO days long and begins in the evening of September 20th and ends September 22. It is the day G-d created Adam and Eve and is celebrated as the head of the Jewish year. Rosh Hashanah actually directly translates into "Head of the Year."   They say that on this day G-d takes special note of our behaviors and writes us in the book of life! It is a day of prayer and a time to ask for peace, prosperity and blessing.   I definitely look forward to this day. It's a new beginning and a chance to reflect on what my year has looked like.  I think about things like: Where have I missed the mark? Where can I grow and improve? Where do I need to seek forgiveness?   Think → Spiritual Realignment   By doing this, I allow myself to let go of things from the past that weren't necessarily working for me and start fresh.   Let's talk about the meals because they are a BIG deal.  The most traditional food we eat on this day is an apple with honey. This symbolizes a sweet new year. Who doesn't want that?!  On the table you will also see things like round challah, brisket, matzo ball soup, potatoes, kugel, gefilte gish, chicken, salads, honey cake... you name it, we have it and I am not complaining. Plus, many people like to have new fruits as a symbol to try new things for the new year.   SO why is everyone shouting Shana Tova? They are just saying to have a good year. ♥  With that being said, Shana Tova! What are you looking forward to this year? :)

Tonight is the start of one of the holiest holidays in the Jewish Calendar, Rosh Hashanah or the Jewish New Year. For those of you that don’t know, I’m Jewish. I have been my whole life. ♥ Growing up I never wanted to talk about my religion because I felt different from my friends. No one in my circle celebrated as many holidays, went to temple, ate Kosher, spoke Hebrew, and believed in G-d. I was different and I felt different. But, as time went on I realized how important it is to embrace my religion and share with everyone what it means to be Jewish.

Ever since the media has been around, it has been easier to talk about being Jewish. Having celebrities like Mayim Bialik and Natalie Portman talk about their faith, has given me that nudge to do the same.

I’ll get more into Judaism in another post, but for now I wanted to share with you what Rosh Hashanah is. Not only will you be seeing it all over my Snapchat (@gavish), but I can almost guarantee that it will be on others as well. ›› So. Much. Food!

You can say i’m pretty excited.  🙂

Rosh Hashanah is TWO days long and begins in the evening of September 20th and ends September 22. It is the day G-d created Adam and Eve and is celebrated as the head of the Jewish year. Rosh Hashanah actually directly translates into “Head of the Year.”

They say that on this day G-d takes special note of our behaviors and writes us in the book of life! It is a day of prayer and a time to ask for peace, prosperity and blessing.

I definitely look forward to this day. It’s a new beginning and a chance to reflect on what my year has looked like.

I think about things like: Where have I missed the mark? Where can I grow and improve? Where do I need to seek forgiveness?

Think → Spiritual Realignment 

By doing this, I allow myself to let go of things from the past that weren’t necessarily working for me and start fresh. 

Let’s talk about the meals because they are a BIG deal.

The most traditional food we eat on this day is an apple with honey. This symbolizes a sweet new year. Who doesn’t want that?!

On the table you will also see things like round challah, brisket, matzo ball soup, potatoes, kugel, gefilte gish, chicken, salads, honey cake… you name it, we have it and I am not complaining. Plus, many people like to have new fruits as a symbol to try new things for the new year.

SO why is everyone shouting Shana Tova? They are just saying to have a good year. ♥

With that being said, Shana Tova! What are you looking forward to this year? 🙂 

2 Comments

  1. Ellie says:

    This is such an interesting post! I knew nothing about Rosh Hashanah. I’m glad that you feel like you can talk about your Faith with public figures such as Natalie Portman and Mayim Bialik around.

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