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Jews of Morocco: Rosh Hashanah, customs and recipes

Ed-doubi Youssef

Rosh Hashanah – Verbatim: Head (beginning) of the year. The first two days of the year. For the Torah, this day is called Yom Hazikaron, (textually: day of remembrance) (originally there was only one day of Rosh Hashanah) it is the day when our memory comes to God. The Mishnah says that on this day we are like sheep that pass before the shepherd and he decides the fate of each of them. Indeed in these days we do Teshuvah and we implore God to judge us with clemency.

Depending on Sephardic or Ashkenazi origin, the dishes prepared will be different but the apple slices in honey, squash, sesame and sheep’s head are ingredients found in both Jewish communities and which each have a special meaning. Among the emblematic traditional Jewish recipes made during Rosh Hashanah, we have squash fritters, pkaila tagine, chicken soup, lamb shoulder with artichoke bottoms, fish with spicy sauce and even bread honey spices.

In 2023, the holiday of Rosh Hashanah is celebrated from Friday September 15 to Sunday September 17.



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