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Rosh Hashanah Day

Posted on 25 July 2010

Tip for Planning Rosh Hashanah Day

My sister once gave me a great tip for packing for travel. She said to ”run down” your body to remind yourself of what to pack in your suitcase.

For instance- starting with my head, I pack my sheital, scarves, snoods, hairbrush, and hair accessories. Next are my eyes- contact lenses, a pair of glasses and contact solution. Whatever you need for each body part should come to mind.

I like using this tip for planning how the actual days of Yom Tov will progress. Use this method in the next few days before Yom Tov to plan out the details of the days of Rosh Hashanah. Instead of using body parts I just think about the natural progression of the day. For example, breakfast. Will you eat breakfast before going to shul on Rosh Hashanah? What time is lunch? Who are you inviting and what time does their meal end?

My husband and I started this tradition while our kids were very little (they still are) and that is- thinking about the actual day and how it will progress.

The reason we started when the kids were young was actually for no other reason then we had to work out the logistics of going to shul while one person would be home for naptime or one would hear shofar blowing while the other would stay with the kids. You know how it is.

Having a plan for how the actual day will go is a great exercise no matter how many people are in your house. Everyone has needs that need to be met, especially you!

Make a mental rundown of the day from beginning to end. Start with Rosh Hashanah. Think about how you feel when you are in shul. Are you hungry? Do you need a break?

Think about anything you could possibly need or want or for that matter, what anyone else in your home (i.e., guests, kids) might need or want for the day. You might come up with “pack snacks for shul for the kids” and then add this to your rundown.

The exercise of going through the day (before the day, of course!) will give you a real sense of being ready for the holiday. It won’t stand a chance of catching you off guard. (And if you want to do the body part exercise, that is okay too.)

Here are some of the things I’ve thought about for the day.

Rosh Hashanah

Eruv Tavshilin to cook for Shabbos before erev RH
Davening is long erev RH

Late meals, plan if you need to eat Kiddush (when and where) before lunch
Tashlich, make time for it depending on your minhag

Mikvah for men

Babysitting for Kids

Arrange to hear the shofar

Don’t overeat on Friday because RH goes right into Shabbos with a Friday night meal.


find out when licht benchen is

find out when Shabbos Shuva drashos of interest are

Tzom Gedaliah

Selichos all week

Break the fast on what?

Aseres Yemei Teshuvah


Last minute Tashlich

Sukkah up?

Erev Yom Kippur


Seudah in morning before Chatzos

Seudah after Mincha


Drink a lot of water

Supplement to help fast easier

Mikvah for men

Yom Kippur

More Childcare for afternoon?

Brush teeth, Kol Nidre

Breaking the fast on what food

Buying lulav and esrog post Yom Kippur


Sleeping in the sukkah, on what?

Decorations…from last year or new?

Mosquito or bee control


Gourds and seasonal fruit for decoration

Sukkah hopping candy

Chol Hamoed trips

Hoshanah Rabbah

Long morning davening

Seudah before Chatzos

Goal for Erev Yom Tov
I have made it my goal to not to have to do anything the day of erev Yom Tov i.e., cooking or baking, shopping or other major preparations. I realize it is inevitable that something is going to pop up on erev Yom Tov leaving me with something to do. But I want to plan to have as much as possible done before Erev Yom Tov and for my to-do list to be practically empty.

I love it when I can go out for a manicure erev Shabbos or Yom Tov. Laundry, shopping, cooking, going to the library, cleaning is all done beforehand so theoretically there should be free time. Last year on erev Pesach, my oven broke. It was a good thing that everything had already been cooked!

Wishing you a perfectly organized Yom Tov!

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