What is pivotal in the United States, are Rosh Hashanah recipes that hark back to Central Europe. The obvious ones such as gefilte fish -- the best I ever had was in Hungary, made of carp -- honey cake -- to symbolize the apple dipped in honey for a sweet new year. But what about foods and traditions outside of the Ashkenazic sphere of influence. Ashkenazim will have fish, but fish to the Mizrahim of Iraq is considered bad luck. Yet the Mizrahim of Morocco will have a lot of fish recipes to offer for Rosh Hashanah. When Christianity and Islam spread it adapted itself to local cultures. But Judaism incorporated elements of surrounding cultures. What Diaspora customs were you influenced by, and what unique customs became part of a group Israeli identity? Celebrating holidays will differ from calendar to calendar. The Islamic calendar is strictly lunar, so holidays will float all around the year. But the Jewish calendar, is just like the Julian and Gregorian. They include solar, so holidays will fall within the same proximity all of the time.
My family doesn't eat meat, as it would diminish the joy of our holiday to cause suffering.This is our favorite all-around holiday recipe. In fact, you can substitute matzo meal for flour and use it…Continue