Tuesday, September 22, 2020

A New Year's Wish | Animated Gif Edition

L'Shanah Tovah! Happy New Year!

This year we celebrated Rosh Hashanah with a new cinnamon and raisin challah recipe. It was outstanding. Here's Shira braiding one of the loaves:

On Rosh Hashanah we traditionally eat round challahs. Of course, there are many reasons given for this. Here's one that resonates with me:

The round challahs have no end, symbolizing (and actualizing) our wish for a year in which life and blessings continue without end.
—Rabbi Moshe Sofer in Torat Moshe, Mahadura Revia, Rosh Hashanah, p. 129.

Looking at the Shira's handiwork gave me fresh appreciation for this idea. Shira's loaf of bread ends up round, but it doesn't start that way. It's four lengths of dough that have been cleverly weaved together to make a round, beautiful challah.

And that's my wish for you in this new year. Not that you strive to have some impossibly perfect year. Rather, I hope you're blessed with the opportunity to weave together the ups and downs the year throws at you to make something truly beautiful.

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