Rosh Hashanah: Here’s to a Sweet New Year

There are multiple symbolic foods for this Jewish holiday, but what do they mean?

With only a week left of summer, it’s time to shift our focus to other topics. For some, that looking toward the upcoming religious holidays Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 

During every holiday, traditions vary from family to family, but there are common threads that tie them all together. For example, Rosh Hashanah meals traditionally include of apples dipped in honey to signify the start of a sweet new year. 

Though dipping apples in honey is one of the Jewish New Year's most prominent food traditions, it doesn’t stop there:

• The head of a fish symbolizes a desire to "be the head and not the tail" in the upcoming year

• Dates, black-eyed peas, leeks, spinach, and gourd are commonly eaten during the Rosh Hashanah meal as well, as they are all mentioned in the Talmud 

• Other dishes include rodanchas (pumpkin-filed pastries), leek fritters known as keftes de prasa, beets, and stuffed vegetables.

• Round challah bread is served in accordance with the concept of the cycle of the year

While these traditions are solidified in Jewish tradition, we scoured Pinterest to see if there were fresh spins on old customs, and we found a few: 

Challah Apple Rolls

Roasted Beets with Mint

Caramel Apple Cake

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