Helping Kids Understand Tashlich

Rosh Hashanah tradition

One of my new Rosh Hashanah books broaches territory that is more complicated than eating apples dipped in honey. [For a good Rosh Hashanah book for younger children, read our blog about Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah.] “New Year at the Pier: A Rosh Hashanah Story,” was written by April Halprin Wayland, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch. The story helps young readers understand the basics of the ceremony of Tashlich, from the perspective of Izzy who is sorry for several of his transgressions from the past year. It’s easy for him to admit to three: drawing on Miriam’s forehead, … [Read more...]

New Fruit Plus Old Crumbs for Rosh Hashanah

My husband and I experimented with a CSA (community supported agriculture) this year for the first time. It was like getting a surprise box every week. In our second CSA, we pulled out something we’d never seen before.  So next time I Skyped with our grandsons, I told them, “We got a mystery vegetable in our box this week! We have no idea what it is.” Our 4-year-old, puzzled, asked, “Not even Grandpa?” Well, there’s a world in that answer! Surely, Grandpa knows everything. Even he doesn’t know what it is? Turned out, it was kohlrabi. And we really liked it. Discovery in a new … [Read more...]