Sunday, January 19, 2014

What Are You Doing for Rosh Chodesh Adar?

Are you leaping for joy because this year is a leap year on the Jewish calendar? Have you thought about the fact that one week from this coming Friday you can start singing the Doublemint chewing gum song Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun...?

Yup. This year we've got the twin Adar months of Adar Aleph and Adar Bet. Since Adar is the happiest month on the Jewish calendar, that means we can double our fun. And since Purim is celebrated during Adar Bet, we have an expanded heads up for planning this joyous celebration.

But first, what do you have planned for Rosh Chodesh Adar Aleph? Don't forget, it's the prelude to your Purim festivities.

Have you thought about a combined Rosh Chodesh-Shabbat feast?
Hmmm...let's play with this idea. Originally Rosh Chodesh was an important monthly holiday. The shofar was blown, followed by family festivities -- meaning yummy food. On Shabbat we welcome the Sabbath Queen with a sumptuous meal. So, a mini Friday/Shabbat-Rosh Chodesh banquet sounds like a natural. Here are some kosher kid-friendly recipe ideas.

Next, let's welcome Rosh Chodesh Adar with a little fanfare. Blow the shofar please.

This is beginning to sound like a royal procession -- which ties in as well since Rosh Chodesh Adar falls on Friday, and on Friday nights we welcome the Sabbath Queen. Before a royal monarch enters a banquet hall trumpets are blown and a royal flag parade precedes the monarch. A flag for this year's Sabbath Rosh Chodesh Adar Queen? With a coat of arms? Have a look at this. Not only will it get you in a Rosh Chodesh Adar celebration mode, but it will also get you thinking about Purim.

All of this is just for starters. The rest is up to you. Remember: It's your Purim rehearsal and the beginning of two joyful, happy, fun months.

Rosh Chodesh Graphic Credit
Shofar Blowing Photo Credit

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