Rosh Hashanah Check List

Prepared for Rosh Hashanah 5781 - 2020

Prior to Rosh Hashanah


Sweet apples


New Fruit

Head of fish


Gift for family

Other foods connected with abundance and sweetness i.e. carrots

Enough candles for 2 days of Rosh Hashanah 

Long burning candles (at least 48 hours)

Round, raisin Challah

General Cooking Tips

Cook without vinegar, and in general avoid sharp, sour foods

We also do not eat nuts on Rosh Hashanah

Beginning of Rosh Hashanah, Friday night

Before sundown, light a long burning candle (Yohrtzeit candle)

Light shabbat andHoliday candles. Candle lighting time is 7:03 p.m. (say shabbat & Holiday Blessing, as well as she’he’chiyanu, see Siddur)

After Arvit, evening prayer, wish all to be inscribed and sealed for a good year, see machzor for exact wording for men and women.

Kiddush- special for Shabbat & Rosh Hashana

Wash your hands ritually for Challah

Say the regular bracha, cut and dip into honey and eat

Cut another piece and dip into salt

Cut up apple and dip into honey

Make bracha … borei pri ha’etz DON’T EAT YET

Say special Yehi Ratzon found in the Machzor

NOW eat your apple dipped in honey

Eat part of the head of a fish

During this meal eat other foods that are connected with abundance, sweetness etc. i.e. carrots (tzimmes), pomegranates


Saturday Night | Second Night of Rosh Hashanah

Begin preparation for meal AFTER night fall, 8:01 p.m.

Place new fruit on table before lighting candles

Light Holiday candles from a pre existing flame, making blessing for Holiday and She’he’chiyanu. When saying she’he’chiyanu, have in mind the new fruit you will eat at the meal.

Before washing for Challah, all should partake of the new fruit, eat enough to make an after bracha.

Make an after brocho for the fruit

Wash for the Challah, and like yesterday, dip into honey first, then dip into salt.

Enjoy the rest of your meal like on a regular Holiday, no need to add the ‘symbolic foods’ as in the first night, we still do not eat sharp, sour foods or nuts.