Rosh Hashana 5775, the two-day holiday when Jews around the world celebrate the beginning of the new year on the Hebrew calendar, takes place this year from sundown September 24th through sundown on September 26th.
|Traditional Shofar Ram's Horn, MommyBlogExpert.com|
Translated from Hebrew Rosh Hashana literally means "head of the year." This Jewish festival also marks the start of the High Holidays which will commence ten days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement which is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
This post of creative DIY arts and crafts ideas is inspired by the traditional symbols of Rosh Hashana which include -- among other things -- apples, honey, pomegranates and the shofar.
|Apple Honey Dish Craft, Image from MommyBlogExpert|
Traditionally, apples are sliced and dipped in honey representing one's hope and wishes for a sweet new year both for oneself as well as family and friends.
|Paper Pomegranate Box, Image from Growing Up Creative|
It is said that every pomegranate has 613 seeds, equivalent to the number of combined positive and negative commandents given by G-d. Many Jews eat pomegranates during Rosh Hashana in the hopes of living up to all 613 mitzvot of the Torah during the coming year.
|Party Horn Shofar, Image from Bible Belt Balabusta|
Of all the symbols of Rosh Hashana the shofar, or ram's horn, is the most universal. It has been blown as a horn/trumpet by Jewish congregations worldwide for many centuries. The shofar is used to remind us of the Sacrifice of Isaac, to herald the new year, and to get everyone's attention for the upcoming 10 Days of Awe that will culminate with Yom Kippur.
|Apple Placecards, Image from Creative Jewish Mom|
Honey Dish Craft Made From a Real Apple, by MommyBlogExpert, Directions
Apple Placecards Tablesetting Idea, by Creative Jewish Mom, Directions
|Pomegranate Fabric Wine Coater, Image from SewJewish|
Pomegranate Drink Coasters, by Sew Jewish, Directions
|Wooly Ram Sheep Craft, Image from Craftscope|
Wooly Ram Sheep Craft including template, by Craftscope, Directions
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