For a Sweet New Year

Margaret Hathaway moved to rural Maine from urban New York. She and her husband are known for their journey to explore everything related to goats. (Seriously, Google her!)

Her essay described the preparation she did for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. She makes challah bread with her toddler & infant worn on her chest. Usually, challah is braided, but for Rosh Hashanah, it is circular. A tradition they also practice is to dip bread & apples in honey for a sweet, new year.

Shehechiyanu- is a prayer of thanks to God. "...implicit in the prayer is gratitude for the responsibilities of our lives, for the sweetness that comes with the ties that bind us."

She ends her essay with a thought I need frequent reminding of: I am not in control. God is the one who sustains and gives life.

A recipe for Sweet Raisin Challah bread is included, however I didn't make it as it takes almost 5 hours to do! I'm sure it would be delicious though.

Have you ever made challah bread?