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VeganMoFo Day #3: Happy New Year: Rosh Hashanah Recipes 5774

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Today is the 3rd day of VeganMoFo, the month of vegan food. Since tomorrow night is Rosh Hashanah, I thought I would update the menu from last year. There are some very important new additions!!!



Tomorrow night begins one of the holiest holidays in the Jewish religion: Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year. Rosh Hashanah means “head of the new year” and is observed for 2 days beginning on the 1st of Tishrei, the first day of the Jewish calendar.

It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and their realization of their role in G-d’s world. It is also the anniversary of man’s first sin and repentance. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of ten days of teshuvah or repentance which leads to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. During these ten days we repent for the sins we committed the past year and vow to do better in the coming year.

Rosh Hashanah is the perfect time (although any day is really perfect) to think about and make the connections between what we pray for and how (and who) we eat. One of my favorite web sites, run by the Jewish Vegetarians of North America (JVNA), has tons of information about how being veg fits perfectly into the dogma of Jewish religion and tons of recipes too!

They point out how on Rosh Hashanah we pray for a healthy year yet we eat in unhealthy ways. We celebrate the creation of the world yet everyday, so much of what we do contributes to the destruction of our planet. We pray for compassion while we show little for the animals who end up being on theRosh Hashanah menu. We repent for our sins and give charity. We “awake from our slumber” and “mend our ways.”

So what better time is there to really look at what we are doing when we eat animals, to look at the pain, torture and death they endure for our pleasure? What better way is there to repent by showing them charity and compassion by letting them live their lives in peace? The best way to commemorate Rosh Hashanah is to truly celebrate all of G-d’s creations and that includes people, animals and our planet.

On Rosh Hashanah it is tradition to eat foods that symbolize the good things we hope and pray for in the coming year. We dip apples in honey (but in a vegan world we can use agave) and ask G-d to bless us with a sweet year. Other sweet foods that are traditionally eaten include carrots, beets and sweet potatoes. In celebration of the New Year, 5774, here is a list of appropriate recipes already posted on the blog. Be sure to check out last year’s menu here. Happy New Year and Enjoy!

Mushroom and Walnut Chopped “Liver”


Papa’s Borscht and Beet Greens Salad


Matzoh Ball Soup


Vegan Challah

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Vegan and Gluten-Free Challah


Apple and Onion Relish Tofu

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Seitan Pot Roast

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Yam Banana Mash

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Onion, Celery and Mushroom Stuffing

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Fast and Festive Apple Sauce


Apple Walnut Muffins


Apple and Pear Cobbler


Carrot Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


“Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim: May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”


The “V” Word: Say it. Eat it. Live it. 




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5 Responses to VeganMoFo Day #3: Happy New Year: Rosh Hashanah Recipes 5774

  1. couroupita September 7, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    Happy new year!

    Rosh Hashanah sounds like it ties in to veganism so well. I’m not Jewish but I would love to make all of your Rosh Hashanah recipes. Everything looks so yummy!

    • Rhea September 7, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

      Thank you!

      • Eliomar August 27, 2015 at 11:56 pm #

        Shalom! Você é genial! Adorei suas receitas! Paz Felicidade e um doce 5776 para você! Muito Obrigada!

        • Rhea August 29, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

          Shalom! xoxo


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