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Rosh Hashanah and other Special Occasions

Rosh Hashanah begins at Sundown this Sunday, Oct 2nd and continues through the evening of Tuedsay, Oct 4th. With that in mind, it seems appropriate to share one of my student’s photos of watermelon carvings for Rosh Hashanah. She also sent in watermelon carving photos from a couple of other special occasions.

What is the meaning of Rosh Hashanah?

First let me say that I’m no expert on Rosh Hashanah or any of the Jewish holidays, so I’ll have to rely on info I found online.

Carved Rosh Hashanah watermelon by Chaya Pinsky

Carved Rosh Hashanah watermelon by Chaya Pinsky

The Judaism 101 website says this about Rosh Hashanah.

“Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, “head of the year” or “first of the year.” Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. This name is somewhat deceptive, because there is little similarity between Rosh Hashanah, one of the holiest days of the year, and the American midnight drinking bash and daytime football game.”

“There is, however, one important similarity between the Jewish New Year and the American one: Many Americans use the New Year as a time to plan a better life, making “resolutions.” Likewise, the Jewish New Year is a time to begin introspection, looking back at the mistakes of the past year and planning the changes to make in the new year.”

Chaya's watermelon carving for Rosh Hashanah

This other view of Chaya’s watermelon carving for Rosh Hashanah shows the pretty rose that she carved on the side.

“No work is permitted on Rosh Hashanah. Much of the day is spent in synagogue, where the regular daily liturgy is somewhat expanded.”

“Another popular observance during this holiday is eating apples dipped in honey, a symbol of our wish for a sweet new year. …I highly recommend it. It’s yummy. We also dip bread in honey (instead of the usual practice of sprinkling salt on it) at this time of year for the same reason.”

I like the idea of taking stock of our lives, doing a little planning and making resolutions. Whether you are Jewish or not, why not take a little time to be introspective about your life, and make the needed adjustments for a better you and a better life?

Chaya’s Other Special Occasion Watermelon Carvings

We'll miss you" watermelon carving

We’ll miss you” watermelon carving by Chaya Pinsky

I noticed that you have a small section for bar mitzvahs and
thought maybe I could add some of my carvings for the section, along with
others – giving thanks, saying goodbye and my Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah.
-Chaya Pinsky

Goodbye watermelon by Chaya

On the other side of the watermelon Chaya carved “Goodbye” in English, Spanish and Hebrew.

roses that Chaya added to her Goodbye melon

This view of the same watermelon shows the roses that Chaya added to her Goodbye melon.

Double rose of roses carved by Chaya

Double rose of roses carved by Chaya

carved watermelon "thank you" by Chaya

Here is a sweet way to say thank you….carved into a watermelon by Chaya Pinsky.

Want to Learn to Carve Watermelons with Words and Roses?

You can learn how to carve words and graphics onto watermelons (and pumpkins) in our video lessons, Carving Letters and Words. You’ll find our Pattern Transfer Sampler to be super useful for easily and accurately carving words and graphics. To learn how to carve roses into watermelons, check our our video lessons Carving Watermelons, Roses, Buds and Leaves.

Thank you Chaya for sharing your Rosh Hashanah and other watermelon carvings with us.

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