Rosh Hashanah—the Jewish New Year—usually falls toward the end of September, well into the sweater and slow-cooker zone of autumn. But this year it begins on September 4, right after Labor Day, when memories of laid-back summer weekends are still fresh and the kids have barely begun the new school year. The last thing you want is to get stuck in the stress of an all-day cooking marathon, so we’ve kept things simple, with an easy make-ahead menu to give your friends and family a sweet taste of the bright new year to come. Shanah Tovah everyone!

Knaidlach (Matzoh Balls)Knaidlach (Matzoh Balls)

Spice and Herb Oven-Braised BrisketSpice and Herb Oven-Braised Brisket

Bubbe's Luchen KugelBubbe’s Luchen Kugel


Hungarian Chocolate-Walnut TorteHungarian Chocolate-Walnut Torte

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