Double desserts and other Rosh Hashanah preparations

We are in the midst of the month of Elul, the Jewish month preceding Rosh Hashanah, during which we are supposed to prepare for the coming Days of Awe. Some people do charity work. Others make phone calls to friends and family members.

I bust out my hefty Jewish cookbook library and plan the meals for the coming holiday season.

Planning holiday meals is how I’ve mentally (and physically and logistically) prepared for the coming holidays, particularly over the past year. Hanukkah, Pesach, Purim, Tu B’Shvat — not to mention the aforementioned Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot — all prescribe eating and drinking (being merry not necessarily required) as part of the ritual.

In my mind, if food is obligatory, it better be good. And “good” takes planning.

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