Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. It is a joyous holiday filled with tradition. This is a time to reflect on the previous year and clear the slate for the sweet year ahead. The family gathers around the table sharing history, prayer and a great meal together. As a beekeeper, the new year is extra special.

On Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, we celebrate with sweet honey.

To begin the meal, as a matter of tradition, we dip apples into honey and wish each other sweet new beginnings. The apple represents the Garden of Eden and honey represents the sweetness of life. The combination of the two symbolizes the good luck and love we want to come in the new year.

Birds flying on the Chester River during Tashlich prior to Rosh Hashanah

What is Tashlich?

The Jewish New Year is a holiday is filled with traditions that date back thousands of years. One of the very meaningful practices associated with Rosh Hashanah is Tashlich, a ceremony of symbolically casting away sins. We go to the Chester River and cast away our sins by tossing challah bread into the water.

This ceremony inspires us to remember our actions, right our wrongs, and refocus ourselves for the New Year. While the bread is merely a symbol of our sins it was greatly enjoyed by the local flock of seagulls passing by. As a matter of tradition, we wish everyone a “Sweet New Year”.

To me, honey is a sweet childhood memory.

This reality started for me with a tasting I did with my sister who took a great interest in what I was doing with the bees right from the start. She had no idea that all raw honey from different regions had different tasting characteristics; the appearance, aftertaste, body, and bite differing with each. To prove it, I lined up several jars of honey on the counter and I drew a small taste (a drop or so) of each varietal. One at a time, she delighted in the experience, detecting the subtle earthiness, fruitiness, bitterness, and sweetness in each taste of a different varietal.

I noticed over the years that this is the theme with most people who are first discovering honey. People taste many until one varietal or another strikes a chord… a memory. For my sister, the memory was with orange blossom honey. She immediately said, “this reminds me of Rosh Hashanah.” When my husband mentioned that before he knew me, one jar of honey lasted him 30 years, I realized that he too had honey only once a year, for Rosh Hashanah.

Kara and the team in the field during harvest

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah as a Beekeeper

As I celebrate my ninth year as a beekeeper, I’ve grown to love and appreciate the beauty of honey and the rhythm of our honeybees in our apiary. Honey is an ancient and biblical food that feeds the mind, body, and soul, and on Rosh Hashanah, it holds even more of a special place in my heart.

In addition to dipping apples into honey, we dip challah in honey with the hope of a sweet new year. The problem with this is, most families don’t know that they’re not actually serving their loved ones honey. Corn syrup can be found in grocery store honey. Simply put, it isn’t as good for you as raw honey from someone you know and trust. So, grab a jar of honey from your local beekeeper for Rosh Hashanah.

This is why we have been dedicated to nourishing our land and providing for the bees for so long. On Chesterhaven Beach Farm, we’ve planted over 40 acres of wildflowers specifically for the bees. We have a mutually beneficial relationship with nature where we provide what the bees need. In turn, they provide us with what we need from them.

Rosh Hashanah Apple Cake Ad

Our honey bees help us make raw, unpasteurized, certified kosher honey that we’re proud to share with our friends and family.

Producing beautiful golden honey is only one part of the equation. Taking care of the land, and the ecosystem as a whole is vital for everything I do as a beekeeper. Honeybee colonies are a super-organism in which neither can live without the other. Each bee alters everything they collect from nature into something better and oh so sweeter.

The Bees and the Jewish New Year

Without space for our pollinators to live and work, the environment around us will drastically change. Many plant species, from those we eat to the roadside wildflowers we enjoy during the summer, rely heavily on honeybees for their pollination efforts.

Honey bees are responsible for one out of three bites of the food we eat. The reduction of pollinator populations threatens flowering plants globally and potentially causes spikes in costs for around 75% of the crops we find necessary. In supporting your local beekeepers, you’re helping to keep a vital part of the ecosystem thriving.

installing bees

Monoculture farming reduces the diversity of what bees can pollinate (if there is anything for them to pollinate in that crop, to begin with). Once a monoculture field has stopped blooming, bees have nothing to left to pollinate.

Globally, millions of acres of natural land are cleared for industrial, agricultural, and residential uses each year. So, in losing this habitat, we’re losing wildlife and environments that create diverse and healthy ecosystems. You don’t need to be a beekeeper to help!

You can create a haven for bees and other insects in your own backyard by planting a pollinator garden at your home. These gardens are beautiful, low-maintenance, and easy to care for after they establish themselves. You provide a safe haven for pollinators when you plant them even a small garden.

Eastern Shore wildflowers give a source of food to the wildlife on the farm.

Consider supporting your local beekeepers in this new year and sharing honey that is as raw and real as the bees intended. Not only are you doing good for the local economy, but you’re providing a pure source of joy for your family and friends. This new year, remember to bee happy, and bee sweet.

bee inspired ad with registered trademark and waxing kara honey jars in a row

Our Favorite Rosh Hashanah Recipes

Honey Glazed Chicken
Baked Honey Mustard Chicken
Honey BBQ Brisket
Slow Cooker Brisket
Honey Herb Marinated Rib Roast
Honey Mustard Carrots
Grilled Artichokes
Aunt Jane’s Apple Cake
Honey Cake made with Apples

Want a complete meal plan including shopping list and recipes? Try these Rosh Hashanah Dinner Ideas. And, check out our blog for sweet recipes all year long.

Rosh Hashanah Press Features

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Avocado Honey

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Bee at Peace Gift Bag

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Bee Inspired Honey Gift with handmade bee inspired mask, honey candle, honey lollipop, jar of raw orange blossom honey, and sweet body balm in a handmade wooden slide-top logo box

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Bee Inspired® Lip Kit

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Bee inspired Lips Gift Set

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Our Honey Scented Candle we call Bee Inspired

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Bee Love Honey Gift

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Bee the Light Candle Gift

Bee the Light Gift

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Bees Knees Gift

Bees Knees Gift

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Beeswax Candles No Scent

Beeswax Blend Candles

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Small Town Artwork

Black and White Study 1

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Black and White Study 3 Artwork

Black and White Study 3

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Black and White Study 4 Artwork

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Black and White Study 5 Artwork

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Blackberry Honey

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Blueberry Honey

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Blueberry Lip Scrub No. 6

Blueberry Lip Scrub No. 6

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Bride to Bee gift set includes lavender and pumice soap, petal tinted honey lip balm, bee inspired brightening maask, wisdom candle, cinnamon lollipop in a hand stamped re-usable canvas bag

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Clover Honey

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Fit For a Queen Gift

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Forest Soy Candle with Orange, Cinnamon and Pine Scent

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Gift of Gabby includes: sweet lips honey lip balm, sweet scrub, clarity mask, strength bar soap and a honey lollipop in an awesome reusable, handstampeed make-up bag

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Girlfriend Gift Peace of Mind Honey Body Scrub, Petal Tinted Sweet Lips made with honey, and a bar of fruity and sweet smelling Sun Bar Soap in a beautiful hand-stamped Waxing Kara muslin sack.

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Green Tea Soy Candle

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Grounded Soy Candle

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Harvest Soy Candle

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Haute Mama Gift for the most deserving person in your life

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Holly Honey

Holly Honey

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I’ll Bee Home Gift

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Tea Time To Go tube with lollipops, tea ball and tea in full packaging

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Limited Edition Print "Broken Heart"

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Waxing Kara Sweet Lips Plum Trio (Blossom, Petal and Berry)

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raspberry lip scrub no. 7

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Sweet Lips Six Pack in new package

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vanilla tangerine soy candle we call Sweet

Sweet Soy Candle

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Tradition Soy Candle on white

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Wisdom Soy Candle in glass jelly jar on while table. Scent on label reads Sage and Pomegranate

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Autumn HoneyA joyous and sweet Rosh Hashanah to you and yours for Rosh Hashanah

Spring honey with spring flower blossom next to it on kitchen counterSpring Honey for Rosh Hashanah

Orange Blossom Honey on kitchen counter with oranges in background and honey tube next to it with green glass tile in the background
Orange Blossom Honey
for Rosh Hashanah

Chai Tea cookies made with Waxing Kara Wildflower Honey
Wildflower Honey
for Rosh Hashanah

Blackberry Honey in handBlackberry Honey is our newest varietal.

honey from Waxing KaraClover Honey is wonderful every day.

Aunt Jane's apple cake for Rosh HashanahTry Aunt Jane’s Apple Cake for Rosh Hashanah. You won’t be disappointed.

apple honey cake on cow plate for Rosh Hashanah
This Apple Honey Cake is also awesome for Rosh Hashanah.

Honey Gift Set with 4 different varietal and artisanal honeys outside box featured in NYT for Rosh HashanahNeed a gift? This Honey Gift Sampler was featured in the New York Times!

Honey Tasting Tower on white backgroundThis Tasting Tower is such a great gift! 5 certified kosher varietal samples.

Four boxes of honey sticks in clover, orange, blackberry and wildflower on white surface

Raw Honey Sticks for Rosh Hashanah