Rosh Hashana is in less than a week!


Rosh Hashanah Seder

Rosh Hashanah Seder (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have had a lot going on, and I intend to share a little of that with you. But first, the calendar is moving on, and it won’t hold back no matter how much we want a little more time. Rosh Hashana is in less than a week – it starts on Sunday night, October 2, 2016.

I’m still working on our menu plan. Part of the “lot going on” I mentioned above includes an international move and lots of resettling. We are blessed to have a lot of invitations out in our new community, but we also need to balance the desire to go out with our need for calm and routine, so we’re only considering the day meals. Plus, we usually do a little “seder” with a lot of traditional Sephardi foods / simanim both nights, and we need to be home for those – and for our sanity.

So my menu is in process. (For older Rosh Hashanah menus click here: For Kosher on A Budget’s 2016 Rosh Hashana menu, click here.)

Homeschool learning is going OK, too. For my younger kids, especially, we will be using this Rosh Hashanah mitzvah checklist.

House prep and cleaning are moving along here – we’re still unpacking, so things are relatively clean. I’ve been using a new chore system that’s been working pretty well for us for daily upkeep (and yes, I intend to post about that, bli neder – not a vow).

Spiritual preparation is always harder. There is so much physical stuff we can do! Sephardim say selichot (kind of a confession and works focusing on Hashem’s mercy) for the whole month before Rosh Hashanah, but it’s still something I’m working on myself. I do like podcasts, so I’ve been checking out shiurim. There are some good ones you can access here: Learn Torah. I’d love any other recommendations you have.

I hope your week is great!

For more resources, check out this Rosh Hashana Superpage.

How are your preparations going?


About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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