The Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are rich in traditions that go back millennia. Every year at this time, people of the Jewish faith put ordinary schedules and chores on hold for a couple of days to give thanks, take stock of their lives and commit to ways they can improve in the coming year. While the holidays are serious in nature, they also are celebrations of life and hopefulness, with traditional foods playing a major role as families and friends gather to give thanks.
For people around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily changed the way we gather around the table and celebrate occasions like the High Holy Days, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a delicious Rosh Hashanah dinner or a traditional Yom Kippur break-fast, especially if TooJay’s does the cooking!
Rosh Hashanah- A New Beginning
Rosh Hashanah, which is the new year on the Old Testament calendar, begins on the holiday eve with a celebratory meal of traditional favorites. This year, the holiday starts at sundown on September 18 and continues through nightfall on September 20. The following 10 days until Yom Kippur are considered a period of self-reflection and atonement.
Rosh Hashanah traditions include greeting others with the phrase “shana tova,” which means “for a good year” in Hebrew, lighting candles at sundown and blowing the shofar (a ram’s horn) each morning to awaken everyone’s awareness of this special day.
In the tradition of Jewish people who trace their roots to Europe, the meal begins with apple slices dipped in honey for a “sweet year,” followed by traditional matzoh ball soup, gefilte (stuffed) fish, a round challah bread, brisket, chicken or turkey with a colorful variety of side dishes and a selection of irresistible desserts like almond cake, honey cake, sponge cake, macaroons and freshly-made rugalach in a variety of flavors. These items and more are available on TooJay’s popular Rosh Hashanah menu.
This year, reservations for dine-in are required for Friday, September 18 and Saturday, September 19. Seating will be limited in keeping with current government mandates. For families who prefer to stay home, orders for convenient takeout and catering must be placed by Tuesday, September 15. Curbside pick-up is available only on pre-paid orders through TooJay’s website or Delicious Rewards app.
Yom Kippur- A Special Day
Yom Kippur, or the “Day of Atonement,” takes place 10 days after Rosh Hashanah, linking the New Year celebration with the Yom Kippur commitment to self-reflection being a better person in the year to come. The holiest of days on the Hebrew calendar, Yom Kippur begins this year on Sunday, September 27 at sundown and ends at sundown on September 28 with a traditional “break-fast,” after 24 hours of fasting. The break-fast meal with family and friends includes an array of comfort foods to satisfy everyone. TooJay’s break-fast menu features blintzes, mini-latkes, bagels, baked salmon, side dishes, freshly baked breads and traditional desserts from the bakery.
Orders for Yom Kippur takeout, catering and contactless curbside on Monday, September 28 must be placed by Wednesday, September 23.
With the holidays looking and feeling different this year, it’s more important than ever before to celebrate the culinary traditions that keep us focused on brighter days ahead. As we observe the High Holy Days with our Jewish guests, we wish all our guests good health and happiness, now and always. TooJay’s is here to do the cooking whenever you need us! View our Holiday menus here.