So much has changed this year because of COVID-19, and unfortunately, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will also look much different than usual. But just because we can’t celebrate in our normal ways doesn’t mean we still can’t find ways to make the holiday just as meaningful and memorable. Here are a few ways you can make your 2020 high holidays a little sweeter.
Think outside the box and outside your immediate family
In contrast to most years, this Rosh Hashanah is not an appropriate time to invite guests into our homes, but it’s still an important time for connecting to others, especially those who live alone. Instead of hosting a meal indoors, you can share the ritual of dipping apples in honey (symbolic of wishing others a sweet new year), by bringing apples and honey to a neighbor or fellow congregant who lives alone. Sit outdoors, socially distanced, as you partake in the ritual together.
Virtual meals with extended family
On Passover, many families held seders with computers on the table next to the seder plate. Similarly, you can have family join together virtually over the Rosh Hashanah meal.
Breaking the fast with traditional foods
Do you always have Yom Kippur break-fast with the same people and the same foods? Share the recipes ahead of time and eat virtually together over traditional foods, such as blintz souffle.
Gather in nature
Feeling Zoomed out? Unplug from the computer, and take a walk in the park with fellow congregants, in a safe manner, and behold the nature and goodness around you.
Outdoor shofar blowing
Plan a socially distanced, scheduled shofar blowing with those on your street. Those who can blow shofar can share the gift and the mitzvah with people who surround them.
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