is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. There are many customs and foods associated with the High Holy Day. Some of them include:
- sweet things to symbolize hopes for a flourishing New Year like honey and apples
- “new fruit ” (seasonal fruit) to represent the ability to eat and enjoy all the fruits of the earth
- fish to signify the meaning of Rosh Hashanah literally translates to “head of the year” in Hebrew. Thus it is traditional in many Jewish house holds to eat the head of the fish as an ancient personification of abundance and fertility
- round Challah which epitomizes the cycle of time
- carrots which in Yiddish is “merren” having the nuance of more - more offspring, more prosperity, more wisdom, more religious understanding, give more charity, and do more good will
- other symbolic foods eaten are dates, black -eyed peas, leeks,spinach, and gourds, all of which are mentioned in the Talmud
Tovah (li-SHAH-nuh TOH-vuh; li-shah-NAH toh-VAH) May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year!