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Many people know about the custom of eating apples dipped in honey on Rosh Hashanah, but there are many more food-related customs for the Jewish New Year. Sweet foods are popular, to symbolize the sweet year we hope will follow. In the Sephardic community, many families hold a Rosh Hashanah seder where a series of symbolic foods are eaten before the meal.
Each of the chosen foods–generally a pomegranate, date, string bean, beet, pumpkin, leek, and fish head–symbolize a wish or blessing for prosperity and health in the coming year. The food’s significance is most often based on a pun of that food’s name. You can buy Rosh Hashanah seder plates in our online store.
Brisket, a traditional cut of meat on Rosh Hashanah
Seitan Brisket, a vegetarian alternative to brisket
Pomegranate Chicken, a sweet and tangy entree
Tayglach, dough boiled in honey
Honey Cake, a sweet treat for a sweet year
Apple Cake, seasonal apples to celebrate the holiday
Sfratti, Honey walnut stick cookies
Tzimmes, a hot sweet carrot dish
Fish, symbols of abundance and fertility
Honey Pomegranate Cake
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