On this day, our people dip apples in honey to symbolize our desire for a sweet new year. We want to be sure our year is extra sweet so we are dipping our apples in the Trader Joe's version of Nutella. Sweet and delicious!
When I first met my husband's grandmother, she was in her 90's (she lived to be 100!). Her mind was still sharp and she'd lived a really adventurous life, which she talked about often. She loved religion and learning about other cultures. It always excited her when the Mormon missionaries or the Jehovah's Witnesses came to her door. One of the things she said she'd always wanted to do before she died was visit a synagogue. Given all that, I was still surprised at her sometimes uneasiness about her beloved grandson marrying a Jew. As our wedding got closer, her questions started to come. I always think about her asking me, in these words, how do your people greet each other? That was a very easy one to answer, usually with gifts, then we take forever to say goodbye. I know some people would be offended by the way she said your people, but I loved her and it was ok. She was just learning and asking and from a totally different world. Every time after that, she greeted me with a gift.
We wish all of you a sweet new year! The sweetest one EVER!
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