Two New Years are Better than One
*This year there’s a special Shabbat happening, read more here: Shabbat Shabbaton*
The weekend between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is known as Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat of Return. Whatever your plans are for the High Holidays, don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the very first Friday night of the new year. Here are some ideas and inspiration.
Happy New Year
Who says confetti has to be reserved for the Gregorian calendar? Break out the champagne, and host a festive dinner to celebrate 5778. Plus, rowdy party horns are a great stand-in for shofar blasts. Don’t forget to add some new recipes for the new year. Try this roasted cauliflower gratin with tomatoes and goat cheese. It’s a crowd pleaser, plus it’s super easy to make but tastes like it took forever.
Turn Turn Turn
For everything there is a season, and the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the season for reflection and repentance. The Ashamnu, a central piece of High Holiday liturgy, reminds us that we can do better. What is remarkable about saying Ashamnu is that it is recited in the first person plural. We are not alone. We are all imperfect beings. This Friday night is an opportunity to go deeper, to share a time over the past year that we have struggled, and how those struggles have made us stronger.
Apples & Honey
How about a new take on a Rosh Hashanah classic? Start with apple martinis, incorporate a daring holiday challah recipe, throw in an old school breakfast cereal, and you’re in for a very sweet Friday night.
Shabbat Shuva is all about the idea of return: return to yourself and the year that was in order to prepare for the year that will be. Whether your jam is the 80s, 90s, or early aughts, a themed dinner is a perfect opportunity to honor all the ways that who you were has made you who you are.
We know that the holiday season is a busy time, but it’s also an opportunity to make time for the people who matter most. So gather your friends, set the table, and kick off 5778 by making Friday night memories you’ll return to throughout the year.