Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the Jewish New Year and the start of the High Holy Days that close with Yom Kippur, began last night at sundown. Are you celebrating? And if you're celebrating as a shiksa
, a gentile visitor, and are still somewhat mystified by the ins and outs of the Jewish holidays, then you really must read this tongue-in-cheek (yet truly helpful) piece from Whitney Chen at Gilt Taste. Whitney spent ten years in a relationship with a Jewish man, and she says she learned the hard way that Maneschevitz is not
for sangria (as tempting as it may be to toss the apples and honey straight into the wine). Also? Do not even think about getting creative with Bubby's recipes. They are perfect just as they are. Another thing not to think about: Bacon. Unless it's made from lamb.
If you're new to the Jewish holidays, let Whitney guide you in.
• Read more: The Gentile's Guide to the Jewish Holidays by Whitney Chen at Gilt Taste
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Related: Rosh Hashanah Recipe: Sweet & Savory Challah Poppers
(Images: L. Nichols for Gilt Taste)