The festival of Rosh Hashanah, which translates to “Head of the Year,” is just around the corner. It is observed for two days starting on the first day of the Jewish year, which is Monday, September 17th this year. The celebration is in honor of the creation of Adam and Eve, and with them, mankind. The central observance of Rosh Hashanah is the sounding of the shofar, the ram’s horn. For those who observe Rosh Hashanah, this represents the trumpet blast of the coronation of a king, as well as a call to repentance.
Other observances include: eating a piece of apple dipped in honey, which symbolizes a desire for a sweet year, blessing one another, reciting a special prayer said near a body of water, said to cast away “sins into the depths of the sea,” and after candle lighting and prayers there is the blessing of the challah, a tasty braided loaf of bread.
It just so happens that our Washington dc lodging near metro has an Innkeeper that learned how to make one heck of a challah loaf a few years ago when she was invited to celebrate Rosh Hashaha with friends. If you’re coming to DC to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with family or friends, staying with us at our Washington DC Bed and Breakfast near Dupont Circle ensures you another shot at some yummy challah and the secret recipe if you’re lucky.
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