How to tell your Shabbat host about your food preferences: A Fill-In-The-Blank-Template

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Shabbat meals are perfect for sharing. Many of us invite guests and have the opportunity to be guests for Shabbat meals.

Unlike our grandmothers, who sat down and ate what they were served (BTW, I have my doubts about this) most of us have specific eating habits that we are attached to: we are vegan, we are allergic to certain type of foods, we are following a specialized eating plan, etc.

All these different eating styles can make it stressful when you are a guest at a Shabbat meal!  On the one hand, you want to be a good guest and at the same time you want to be able to eat the foods that make you feel well.

If you want to be a respectful guest and be able to adhere to your eating principles, the best thing to do is to tell your host in advance about your food preferences and offer to help him/her cook.

You can send an email like the one below in advance. If they’d like, we have a phone conversation about the content after they’ve read it so they can ask questions.

This front loading of the particulars and offer to help can eliminates uncertainty and worry on their part – and allows you and your host to relax and enjoy our Shabbat meal together.

Here’s a fill-in-the-blank template for telling your hosts about your eating preferences before Shabbat:


Dear
host’s name,

Thank you for the Shabbat meal invitation.  I’m so looking forward to coming for Shabbat.

I wanted to let you know about my eating habits in advance.  I currently eat (tell your host how you eat here) and/or I am allergic to (tell your host which specific foods you are allergic to here).

What this means is that I don’t eat (indicate the foods that you cannot eat here). However, I do eat all kinds of (indicate the food groups that you do eat here).

I’m sharing this information with you so that you can ask any questions you’d like ahead of time, and so food stress does not have to take center stage during your Shabbat preparations.  

And, know that I respect your personal eating habits and don’t expect you to adhere to mine during Shabbat. .

I’d love to cook some (indicate the type of food you would like to prepare for the Shabbat meal here) dishes to bring to our meal – just say the word..  Some of the specific dishes that I could make are: (list three to five of your signature dishes here)

Let me know how I can help and make this easy for you.  

Love,

Your name

 

Your turn: Share your best tips on how to tell Shabbat hosts about your food preferences?

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Pretty Treat Bag Tags For Simchat Torah

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In some communities, there is a tradition of giving children sweets on Simchat Torah.  

Here are some pretty printable tags for your treat bags this year.

Download the printer-friendly Simchat Torah treat bag tags here

Download the printer-friendly Simchat Torah treat bag tags here

Chag Samach!

Your turn:  Tell us what is in your treat bags this year.

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Comforting Jewish Quotes on Home

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Here are 10 Jewish quotes on home for your reflection and inspiration.  

 

Ask about your neighbors, then buy the house.

– Jewish Proverb

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A home not made for springtime and for rainy days is none.

– Talmud, Yoma

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Make your home an assembling place for the wise, and drink their words with zeal.  

-Sayings of the Fathers 1:4

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Anger in a home is like rottenness in fruit.

-Talmud, Sota 3b

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The home should be perceived as a microcosm of the universe

– Rebbe Menachem Schneerson

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Build your home in such a way that a stranger may feel happy in your midst! ”

-Theodor Herzl

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I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table. ”

-Elie Wiesel

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The world is like an inn, the world to come like home.”

-Talmud, Mo’ed Katan 9b

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The trip is never too hard, if you know you’re going home.”

-The Chofetz Chaim

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There are men who travel far to look for something that they can find in their own homes. ” -Mishle Yehoshua

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Your turn:  Which quotation resonates with you the most and why?

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7 Last Minute Questions For Your Sukkot Table

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Sukkot Questions

Every year on Sukkot, we leave the comfort of our home to eat our meals in booth. Among other things, Sukkot provides an opportunity to reflect on the concept of home and what it means to us.

There’s a tradition on Sukkot to invite seven guests into the sukkah, one for each night of the holiday. I’d like to add on to that tradition: seven questions you can ask at your Sukkot table during the seven days of Sukkot.  One question for each night of Sukkot.

These questions will help create meaningful and reflective conversation at your Sukkot table.

Last Minute Questions for Sukkot

Download the printer-friendly Sukkot question cards here

7 Questions for your Sukkot Table - 1

When a stranger comes to my house, what do I hope they notice first? Why?

7 Questions for your Sukkot Table - 2

What does it mean to be a generous host?

7 Questions for your Sukkot Table

Name three concrete actions you take to make your home open to others.

7 Questions for your Sukkot Table

What makes a home a sanctuary?

If a stranger walked into your home, what would they learn about your family just from looking around?

When you are away from home, what do you miss most? Why?

What’s your favorite room in the house? Why?

Download the printer-friendly Sukkot question cards here

Your turn:  Add another meaningful home themed question to our list.

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Kosher Kimchi

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Wondering what exactly makes kosher kimchi?  It is simply using Kosher Korean pepper paste.  

Kimchi is therapeutic to eat as it is filled  with vitamins A, B, and C, but its biggest benefit may be in its “healthy bacteria” called lactobacilli, found in fermented foods.

Kimchi (like other fermented foods) is therapeutic to make too as it is very tactile and almost magical.

Kosher Kimchi

From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Kosher Kimchi
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    Ingredients
  • 14 oz oriental radish
  • 1 lb cabbage
  • 7 oz carrot
  • 5 oz Shallots
  • 1 head of garlic
  • ¼ tsp salt + 1 tsp real salt
  • ½ cup Kosher Korean pepper paste
  • 1 cup of water (if needed)
    Tools
  • Paring knife
  • garlic press
  • 1 large mixing bowl
  • 1 medium mixing bowl
  • Cutting board
  • food prep cooking gloves
  • 1-2 wide mouth quart size liter glass jar
  • Fermentation weights (try these grooved weights with handles for comfort and cleanliness)
  • 1-2 zip lock bags

  1. Peel and cut radish and carrot into batonnet shape
  2. Using the garlic press, press head of garlic
  3. Slice shallots
  4. Place carrot, radish, shallots and garlic into medium mixing bowl and add ¼ tsp of salt and mix with your hands so salt is evenly distributed
  5. Place ½ cup of korean chili paste on top of vegetables (this is to allow the paste to soften for 1 hour because it is refrigerated and cold. When the chili paste is soft, it is easier to mix)
  6. Set aside
  7. Wash Cabbage thoroughly
  8. Cut in half lengthwise and then slice
  9. Slice cabbage into the the same sized pieces as the carrot and radish batonnets (the reason for the this so that all ingredients ferment at the same pace)
  10. Place cabbage into large mixing bowl
  11. Place 1 tsp salt to 1 cup of clean water (this is a salty brine)
  12. Pour brine over cabbage and mix evenly over cabbage leaves
  13. Allow cabbage, radish and carrots to sit for one hour.
  14. During this hour, the vegetables shvitz (literally “sweat”) producing water
  15. After 1 hour, mix cabbage, radish and carrot together thoroughly. (You might want to use food prep cooking gloves to keep the chili paste and garlic smell off your hands)
  16. Pack the kimchi tightly into the glass jar (there should be some liquid brine left in the mixing bowl - do not throw it out! You may need it)
  17. Press the vegetables down into the jar so much so that the brine rises
  18. Add more brine if needed to submerge the vegetables in brine
  19. Weigh the vegetables down using a smaller jar filled with water, or a ziplock bag filled with brine. (If you ran out of brine you can make more using 1 cup of water and ½ tsp of salt).
  20. Ferment in your kitchen or another warm spot.
  21. You can taste the ferment every day and decide when it is ready.
  22. I like to ferment this kimchi for 7-10 days for optimal flavor.

; Yield: 1 large batch

Kosher Kimchi

To learn more about fermentation, read this interview with fermentation expert Sandor Katz.

P.S. Aqqo is offering 15% off their grooved weights with handles perfect for pickling and fermentation. Use code: 43QY62DS. Valid from October 2, 2017-2 April 2018.

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If you love this recipe, you’ll love The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant Based Recipes For Your Holiday Meals

Jewish Food Hero Cookbook // jewishfoodhero.com

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From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Mini Maple Pumpkin Cocoa Cakes

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It is a tradition in some families to break the Yom Kippur fast with water or tea, followed by a  piece of cake. People relax for half an hour to an hour and then come back to eat a meal. This is actually recommended, because it allows us to rehydrate and prevents us from overeating out of hunger. Making good food choices to break the Yom Kippur fast eases your body out of the 25-hour fast in a supportive way (your digestive system will thank you).  

This tradition is also comforting and cozy.  Let us keep this lovely tradition and serve healthier cake.

These Mini Maple Pumpkin Cocoa Cakes are delicious.  The mini cakes have  a perfect level of sweetness, are satiating (from the pumpkin puree) and have a slight cocoa flavor (from raw cocoa powder)  that tastes just right after fast.  I even added some fresh orange juice to the cake to give it a fresh taste.

These can be made the day before and kept refrigerated until 2-3 hours before serving.

 

From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Mini Maple Pumpkin Cocoa Cakes
From the Jewish Food Hero Kitchen: Mini Maple Pumpkin Cocoa Cakes
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  • Ingredients:
  • 2 ¼ cup white whole wheat flour (can you gluten free alternative)
  • ¼-½ cup rapadura sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup + 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup rice milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 ½ tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 c applesauce
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 3-4 Tbsp raisins
  • Garnish: powdered sugar
    Tools:
  • blender
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • citrus juicer
  • Spatula
  • 2 muffin tins
  • muffin papers

  1. Preheat oven at 425 F.
  2. Combine flour, baking powder, baking powder in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In blender combine rice milk, applesauce, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, salt, orange juice, lemon juice, sugar and maple syrup and blend until completely mixed.
  4. Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and combine evenly.
  5. Fold in the raisins.
  6. Pour into paper cups in a muffin pan.
  7. Bake at 425 F for 7 min and then turn the oven down to 350 F and bake for additional 20-25 min.
  8. Dust the mini cakes with powdered sugar.

If you like these recipes, you will love the The Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Simple Plant Based Recipes For Your Holiday Meals

Jewish Food Hero Cookbook // jewishfoodhero.com

Your turn: Tell us in the comments what healthy vegan cake recipes you love.

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A Woman’s Guide to Yom Kippur Promises

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A Woman's Guide to Yom Kippur

The ritual of teshuva can be set up as a time to reassess the past year, and come up with ways to improve and change in the coming year. Sadly, many of the promises I make to myself turn out to be empty promises.   

The three main reasons I don’t keep my promises to myself are:

  • My promises are actually a lot of abstract wishes
  • I have no accountability structure for the promises I make  
  • I do not take the time to “fill out” my promise

Wish List

In terms of personal change and improvement, an abstract wish list is a good place to start. Writing down or thinking about all the ways you may have “missed your target” this year and all the ways you wish you would change can feel like a huge release emotionally.

However, how many of us can really focus on improving 10, 20 or 50 of our personal behaviors?  Choosing one of two items on the wish list and transforming them into goals is a relief and makes change feel possible.

Supportive Accountability

As with any hopes for behavior change, setting up an accountability structure increases our chances for success. Accountability is how you “hold” your promise to yourself. Some people can do this themselves but most of us do better with support.  

Solo accountability structures include putting a reminder in your calendar, wearing a piece of jewelry to remind yourself or putting a sign with your written promise somewhere where you will see it every day. Support accountability structures include joining a class or group, hiring one-to-one support, or finding an accountability buddy who is hoping to achieve a similar change.

Your Promise

I am yet to meet a person who is able to change a behavior by just casual thinking alone. That is called “wishful thinking.” To change a behavior, most of us have to spend time to clearly and specifically define what we want to achieve. One of the best ways to do this is to use prompts that get your ideas and emotions  flowing. Some people learn more about what they want through dialogue while others while others find solo reflection and writing to be more beneficial.  Many people do both.

Here are the prompts for Yom Kippur. You can, of course, add your own prompts to these. Fill them out alone or with a friend.

Prompts for Yom Kippur Promises:

Download the Prompts for Yom Kippur Promises here

On a blank piece of paper, write down all the big, hidden and tiny ways you “missed my mark” this year.

 

Fill in the blank promises:  

I promise to ______________,

I will make space in my life for _____________

How is this promise so important to me this year?

How will I know if I am keeping my promise?

What will my day look like when I keep my promise?

What differences will I and others notice as I keep this promise this year?

What might get in my way as I try to accomplish my personal promise this year?

Name three ways I will hold myself accountable to the promise I make today?

Name one to three people who can support my accountability to this promise?

 

Download the Prompts for Yom Kippur Promises here

Your turn: How do you define teshuva? How do you make time for it before Yom Kippur?

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Why My Jewish Holiday Recipes Don’t Use Oil (And 3 Reasons You Might Want To Use Less In Your Own Food)

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Why My Jewish Holiday Recipes Don't Use Oil

Before I released the Jewish Food Hero Cookbook, I sent a some recipes to a few friends and bloggers for a bit of feedback. What did they think about the mock chopped liver? Were they intimidated by plant-based recipes?

Jewish Food Hero Cookbook // jewishfoodhero.com
By and large the responses were wonderfully positive. One sweet tester said, This modern menu made me want to be more Jewish. Jewish Food Hero can literally save some of our Jewish heritage with this!”

And one tester said All this looks great until you “fry” an onion in water or vegetable broth. Hey, a little bit of olive oil is a must in my kitchen :-)”

At the risk of being unpopular (or telling you things you’d prefer not to hear) oils aren’t health food.

Oils in any form.

Why My Jewish Holiday Recipes Don't Use Oil
Which is why I don’t use them in my recipes, except in one instance for Purim.

A few years ago, I didn’t think much about oil. In fact, I was sure it was healthy for my family and me. I made vinaigrettes for my husband, dribbled it atop soups for decorative flourish, I even made an egg-free version of olive oil cake.

“Healthy fats!” the magazines tell us.
“This is a healthy oil” is what we tell each other in discussion.
“Lower likelihood of cardiovascular disease,” we’d all repeat to ourselves while swirling our bread around in a shallow dish of that golden goodness.

And then I took this class.
And promptly reconsidered the oil-is-good-for-me stance.

Here’s why:

1. Oil is incredibly high in calories – and low in everything else
Did you know that oil has 120 calories per tablespoon?! That’s more than most premium ice creams. That means you could eat half a cup of your favorite ice cream flavor for the same calories as the two tablespoons of oil you placed in your healthy soup recipe. (This example is meant to be illustrative rather than prescriptive).

Why My Jewish Holiday Recipes Don't Use Oil

Do you know how much protein olive oil has? Or how many vitamins? Or how much fiber? Big ‘ol zeros in every category.

2. It’s not satiating
How do you feel after eating a big bowl of stew accompanied by a nice hunk of thick rustic bread? How do you feel after drinking a liter of Diet Coke and a pile of rice cakes? I’m just guessing here, but I imagine you feel full, happy, satiated after the former and, well, still hungry after the latter because it is just empty.

Oils are not satiating. They don’t make us feel full. They don’t signal our brains that we’ve eaten enough and our needs are met.

3. It doesn’t actually taste that great
When I think about this things I loved to put oil on – crusty breads, fresh heirloom tomatoes, edamame – I realize that really? The delicious aspect of that dish was the bread or the tomatoes, not the oil. The oil was just something I was adding because I thought it was really good for me.

But I’ve changed my mindset (through education) and habits (by trying and doing). For the last three years I’ve been living without oils, replacing them in both cooking and baking. When I developed my Jewish Food Hero Cookbook recipes, I opted out of oil except for one instance of using a tiny bit of oil in the Purim menu – to get the perfect shape of those Hamentachen cookies, of course!

Why My Jewish Holiday Recipes Don't Use Oil

Instead, I used ingredients like broth, starch purees, lemon juice, maple syrup, applesauce, and small amounts of nut butters to keep my recipes healthy, moist, flavorful, and delicious.

Here’s what nutritionist and dietitian Jeff Novick says:

There is absolutely no beneficial nutrient that is in cocoa, or coffee or coconut or olive oil or wine that you can’t already get in healthy plant foods like fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, etc. Sometimes, these foods are praised for their high amounts of a nutrient but realize, on a healthy diet based on fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, we are already getting in more than adequate amounts of all these nutrients. And, in food, once you get in enough, there is no situation where more is better and in some cases, more may be harmful.

For us student types here is a 5 minute lecture on oil that you might like.

Your turn: Watch the video and let me know what you think about oil for you.

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What’s On Your Rosh Hashanah Playlist, Jennifer Elsner?

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Rosh Hashanah playlist

What’s on your playlist is a recurring feature where I ask one woman to create a holiday inspired soundtrack for us.

This Rosh Hashanah, I asked Jennifer Elsner to build a Rosh Hashanah mood for us.

Jennifer is a multidisciplinary artist, and creator of Inquiry Pop-up — a vacay meets salon meets dinner party, for a carefully curated coterie of women, in spectacular and remote locations. And while she’s uncomfortable talking about herself in the third person, has heard it can be effective for things like this.

Rosh Hashanah playlist

Let’s connect with Jennifer and listen to her.  May this post inspire you.

 

What mood are you building with this playlist?

A heightened awareness. To feel something unique in each song and as a collection, to access places new, within.

What do you imagine us “doing” while we listen to this playlist?  

Walking. With headsets on. Especially a walk is taken in the midst of holiday obligation(s). I see someone unapologetically defining this time alone, walking, as the greatest gift to your family, and your spirit.

 

Soundtrack for Time Alone on Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah playlist

1: She & Him – Swing Low Sweet Chariot

I looked it up, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” is an American Negro Spiritual, from 1909. I’m not surprised. This version of the song, sung by Zooey Deschanel, is sweeter sounding than the many other renditions I’ve heard, but beneath the surface, remains a soulful complexity.

 

2: Bjork – Show Me Forgiveness

Show me forgiveness / For having lost faith in myself ...

I think of the exchange of asking for, and giving of, grace as integral to the Days of Awe. So, I typed the word “forgiveness” into my iTunes music search. I was immediately attracted to the title, but after listening I was convinced of it’s inclusion. This song is an uncommonly subdued song by Bjork. Her restraint here is as powerful as her more upbeat music.

 

3: Coldplay – God Put a Smile upon Your Face

When I finally discovered this song, YEARS after it came out, I wondered how it escaped me. It’s a heroic sounding song, that goes back and forth between emotional heights and depths. The climb and descent is majestic — it never fails to elevate my mood.

 

4: Regina Spektor – Better

Similar to the above, “Better” is an epic song. Most Regina Spektor songs are. I never fail to include her in any playlist. Her unabashed earnestness in vocal performance is something I crave to embody more fully. You can’t help but to be called to sing with her, trying to match her lead.

 

5: Vampire Weekend – Taxi Cab

I wish the title “Taxi Cab” fit better into this collection, but the song fits perfectly into the mix. Like a pixie sprinkling joy into beautiful monotony. I can see how on a walk, Ezra Koenig’s singing will bring you back, inward, after belting-it-out with Regina.

 

6: Kaiser Cartel – Blue Sky

I chose this song specifically because the twinkly piano riff harkens to the pixie-esque bridge in “Taxi Cab.” But the atmospheric simplicity was a great way to change the tone. The female voice is gorgeous, isn’t it? This song makes me feel like I could effortlessly lift off the ground and fly.

 

7: Paul Simon – Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard

I added this in to disrupt the whole thing I have going on, above. A return to something familiar and joyful. And a little crazy. It also makes me whistle.

 

8: La Derniere Minute – Carla Bruni

This song packs a punch in a wee 1 minute. Carla Bruni’s voice is stripped from artifice, and the acoustic guitar doubles down on creating intimacy. While the pacing from “Me and Julio” is kept up by something akin to a metronome, the tick-tock-tick-tock slows things down as we come to the end of the mix. I like offering that subtle cue.

 

9: All is Love – Karen O & The Kids

This is an excellent song to end with because of it’s message of unpretentious, childlike love of life. If I’m going to return from a walk, and back into my home, how this song makes me feel is how I want my family to know me. It’s what I want to feel. Expansive. Worry-free. Renewed.

 

Jennifer, thank you for sharing. I will carry your words: “” I see someone unapologetically defining this time alone, walking, as the greatest gift to your family, and your spirit.” with me into the High Holidays.

This post is part of our Holiday Playlist series where we ask inspiring women to build a mood for us for a specific holiday.  

Your turn:  What song would you add to Jennifer’s playlist?

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Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers (+ Printable Prayer Cards)

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Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

I was in a session with a psychotherapy client and she told me something that is feeling good to her lately. She had been working with a 3 sentence mantra for the past month and it was having a positive impact on her life. I cannot tell you the mantra because that belongs to her.

Her story got me thinking about Rosh Hashanah.  I find it hard to spiritually and psychologically connect to the Rosh Hashanah prayers. It can feel hard to turn the act of reading words into a spiritual experience.  Added to this, the words in the prayers can feel distant depending on how much the prayer book resonates with your personal sensibilities.   After the holiday, it is easy to feel that you completed a lot of reading but missed the spiritual experience of the holiday.

To help myself connect to the prayers this year, I collected a few sentences from the Rosh Hashanah prayers that I feel are particularly meaningful.  I made “Rosh Hasnanah prayer cards” that I could print and read during the high holidays.

Download the printer-friendly Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayer Cards here.

Good to be clear: I am not turning the prayers into mantras.  I am planning to focus on specific sentences during the Rosh Hashanah prayers when I find myself drifting. Perhaps this focus on meaningful words will make the holiday more spiritually and psychologically powerful.

Good to know:

  • I substitute the first person female or gender neutral pronouns when I read the prayers. I am praying as myself and since I am female changing the pronoun makes me feel included.  I do not do this when the prayers are communal (as in “we”).
  • I am not instructing/suggesting/advising you to read these instead of the prayers on Rosh Hashanah.
  • Below on my prayer sentence cards, I indicate the source for the prayer and where you can find the complete prayer.

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

Let me proclaim the mighty holiness of this day.

  • Based on Unetanneh Tokef, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

The Book of Remembrance; my signature is in it.

  • Based on Unetanneh Tokef, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

Repentance, Prayer and Charity.

  • Based on Unetanneh Tokef, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

What I do this day can change my life.

  • Based on Vechol Maaminim, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

Perfection is not G-d’s demand.

  • Based on Vechol Maaminim, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

My noblest dreams are not absurd.

  • Based on Vechol Maaminim, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

I need not solve life’s every problem.

  • Based on Vechol Maaminim, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

I believe in the constancy of G-d’s compassion.

  • Based on Vechol Maaminim, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

The life of every person is important.

  • Based on Vechol Maaminim, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

My actions contain their own reward.

  • Based on Vechol Maaminim, Repetition of Musaf Prayer

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

Here I stand painfully aware of my flaws.

  • Based on Cantor’s Personal Prayer before Musaf

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

Each woman is responsible for her own teshuvah.

  • Based on Cantor’s Personal Prayer before Musaf

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

Accept my prayer as though my voice never faltered.

  • Based on Cantor’s Personal Prayer before Musaf

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

Free me from my own baggage that might get in the way.

  • Based on Cantor’s Personal Prayer before Musaf

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

Transform my suffering into gladness.

  • Based on Cantor’s Personal Prayer before Musaf

Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayers

Your turn:  What Rosh Hashanah prayer do you add to this list?  

P.S. Download the printer-friendly Rosh Hashanah Centering Prayer Cards here.

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