Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins the night of Wednesday, Sept. 4.

The festival starts on the first day of Tishrei, the seventh month of the Hebrew calendar, which falls in the early autumn (or spring, depending on which hemisphere you're in).

The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of self-reflection and and repentance that culminates in Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement.

Jews around the world will be celebrating the two-day holiday in synagogues and around festive dinner tables featuring symbolic foods like dates, apples, honey and pomegranates to signify the wish for sweetness in the year to come.

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  • Challah Baked On The Grill

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  • Crostini Di Fegatini

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/crostini-di-fegatini_n_1058839.html" target="_hplink">Crostini di Fegatini</a> recipe</strong> Pretty close to your usual chopped liver, just gussied up a bit.

  • Roasted Radish Flatbread With Ricotta And Honey

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bevcooks.com/2013/05/roasted-radish-flatbread-with-ricotta-and-honey/" target="_blank">Roasted Radish Flatbread with Ricotta and Honey recipe from Bev Cooks</a></strong>

  • Sherried Chicken Livers On Wilted Greens

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  • Joan Nathan's Chosen Matzo Ball Soup

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  • Pearled Barley Salad With Apples, Pomegranate Seeds And Pine Nuts

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  • Choucroute Soup With Knoedels

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://food52.com/recipes/20588-choucroute-soup-with-knoedels" target="_blank">Choucroute Soup with Knoedels recipe from Food52</a></strong> Don't eat pork? Sub in chicken or mushrooms!

  • Simple Noodle Kugel

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/simple-noodle-kugel_n_1048750.html" target="_hplink">Simple Noodle Kugel</a> recipe</strong> <em>Photo via Flickr user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/grongar/6192244216/sizes/z/in/photostream/" target="_hplink">grongar</a></em>

  • Eggplant With Buttermilk Sauce

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  • Carrot Cake Kugel

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/carrot-cake-kugel_n_1058856.html" target="_hplink">Carrot Cake Kugel</a> recipe</strong> Look, kugel is sweet anyway -- might as well have some fun and go all the way.

  • Moroccan Carrot Salad With Harissa

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  • Italian Braised Brussels Sprouts

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  • Sweet Potato Kugel

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  • Lablabi (Middle Eastern Spicy Chickpea Stew)

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  • Michel Guérard's Celeriac Purée

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  • Pumpkin And Kale Stew

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  • Moroccan Chicken With Lemons And Olives

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  • Persian Lamb In Pomegranate Quince Sauce

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  • Chicken With Red Wine And Prunes

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  • Tea Smoked Whole Duck With Plum Wine Sauce

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  • Roast Chicken With Pomegranate Glaze

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  • Easy Short Ribs Braised In Red Wine

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  • Green Apple And Basil Granita

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/green-apple-and-basil-gra_n_1059297.html" target="_hplink">Green Apple and Basil Granita</a> recipe</strong> A granita as a palate cleanser is a mid-meal flourish that takes almost no effort but blows people away. Plus, it gives you an excuse to sneak more apples into your Rosh Hashanah feast.

  • Manischewitz Ice Cream Sandwiches On Black And White Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://whatjewwannaeat.com/manischewitz-ice-cream-sandwiches-on-black-and-white-cookies/" target="_blank">Manischewitz Ice Cream Sandwiches on Black and White Cookies recipe from What Jew Wanna Eat</a></strong> Come on, guys. This is the most Jewish dessert that's ever lived. This is like (Judaism x dessert) x 2.

  • Salted Caramel Apple Pie

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  • Drunken Honeyed Figs With Lemon Mascarpone Whipped Cream

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  • Caramel Apple Upside Down Noodle Kugel

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  • Simple Apple Tart

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  • Caramelized Honey Cake

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  • The Jack Rose

    This classic cocktail combines both apples and pomegranates (<a href="http://www.barnonedrinks.com/tips/techniques/home-made-grenadine.html" target="_hplink">make your own grenadine, PLEASE, you guys</a>).

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