A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah Seder

Gepubliceerd op: dinsdag 8 september 20, 07:00

When it comes to Rosh Hashanah, families of Sephardic and Mizrahi origin — like mine from Calcutta, India — have a secret to share with the rest of the Jewish world: a distinctive New Year’s feast far beyond apples dipped in honey. On the first night of the holiday we hold a special ceremony at home during which we recite blessings over a variety of foods that symbolize our wishes for the year ahead.

The blessings in this ritual all begin with the words yehi ratzon (may it be God’s will), and they all ask for divine gifts of bounty, strength, and peace. The ritual has come to be known as a seder (order) because the blessings are recited in a specific order. Ironically, that order varies according to custom and community.

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