On both nights of Rosh Hashanah, a number of foods are eaten to symbolize our prayers and hopes for a sweet new year. Many of these foods were specifically chosen because their Hebrew names are related to other Hebrew words. An accompanying prayer is recited, expressing our wishes inherent in these words and foods.
For a traditional seder, before Rosh Hashanah, gather the following items:
- Dates – Related to the word תם—”to end”; for the end of evil
- Small light colored beans – Related to the words, רב—many, and לב—heart; that our many good deeds should hearten G-d to us
- Leeks – Related to the word כרת—”to cut”; to cut down evil in this world
- Beets – Related to the word סלק—”to depart”; that evil should depart from this world
- Gourd/Squash – Related to the word קרע—to rip apart, and also קרא—to announce; that the evil verdicts be ripped and our merits be announced instead
- Pomegranate – that we be filled with mitzvot like a pomegranate [is filled with seeds]
- Apple and honey – renew for us a year good and sweet like honey
- Head of a ram or a kosher fish head – that we be a head and not a tail
Let us cater your Rosh Hashanah meal! We’ll do all the work… You receive all the compliments!
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Eden Catering would like to wish you a Shana Tova Umetukah – a sweet and happy New Year. May your year ahead be filled with good health, happiness, and serenity, and may all your heart’s desires be fulfilled.