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Posted at 08:12 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Rosh Hashanah: When, where and what to eat

A man pushes a cart loaded with fresh bread on a street near the Mahne Yehuda Market in central Jerusalem. (ZAHID HUSSEIN - REUTERS)
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, starts Wednesday at sundown. An ancient holiday observed on the first two days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, Rosh Hashanah is described by writer Yonah Bookstein as “the anniversary of humanity experiencing the world.”

Whether you’re celebrating Rosh Hashanah or just here for the food, check out our offerings:


Stress-free holiday meal: Mon Ami Gabi restaurant in Bethesday will be holding a special Rosh Hashanah dinner Wenesday and Thursday evenings.

For other local eats, Washingtonian has compiled this helpful list of D.C. area kosher markets and eateries, including Shaul’s Kosher Market in Wheaton and Buzz Bakery in Alexandria.


Rosh Hashanah ettiquette? Yes, please. “Feel free to greet your Jewish friends and neighbors with “Happy New Year,” or to use the Hebrew expression ‘Shana Tova,’ which is a wish for a  ‘good new year,’” writes Bookstein.

Israel and the Palestinian U.N. bid: A sermon topic for High Holidays? Rabbis around the region are mulling over how to approach Israel during services this year.


Allergy-free apple cakes. It’s Not Your Bubbe’s.

Other recipes: Roasted vegetables , pomegranate and herb salad and a Sephardic Rosh Hashanah seder

How to bless a Rosh Hashana dinner , from beginning to end.


• The Rosh Hashanah Rock Anthem is a quick qay to learn some of the history of the Jewish High Holidays.

Robots celebrate Rosh Hashanah (not to be confused with the robots who celebrate Passover):

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