This coming year is 5772, at least on the Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year holiday) starts next week, at sundown on Wednesday, September 28th. Unlike the secular new year, the Jewish holiday is spiritual and begins a period of thoughtful contemplation that leads up to a day of fasting on Yom Kippur.
Of course, if it’s Jewish, there is going to be food – and plenty of it. (Even the Yom Kippur fast is traditionally followed by a delicious meal.) The Rosh Hashanah food traditions include apples and honey and other sweets – to make for a sweet new year. My favorite Rosh Hashanah dessert is this apple cake.