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5 Food Facts You Didn't Know About Rosh Hashanah
Last night at sunset began Rosh Hashanah, otherwise known as the Jewish New Year, the two-day holiday during which those who celebrate Judaism don't just hope for a pleasant year to come, they usher it in through ceremony and food. Why? Food, they believe, is a gift from God, thus they are using that gift to both show their appreciation and ask for his guidance through the coming 365 days. Here, get a quick guide to some of their food-centric rituals.
1. Challah!On most Jewish holidays, challah bread is braided and served with dinner. But on Rosh Hashanah, the bread is baked into round loaves and served as a symbol of the cyclical nature of a year and the continuity of Creation.
2. Fish facts.Fish represents fertility, prosperity and knowledge—specifically because its eyes are always open—and is usually served as the centerpiece of the Rosh Hashanah meal. The head of the fish is customarily placed in front of the head of the household.
3. New fruit.On the second night of Rosh Hashanah, a "new" or seasonal fruit—typically a pomegranate—is often eaten, accompanied by a prayer thanking God for extending life into the new season. The number of seeds in a pomegranate (613) is believed to be the same number of mitzvot (commandments) associated with the Jewish faith.
4. Honey, honey.Did you know? In the bible, the Land of Israel is often called the Land of Milk and Honey. Perhaps that's why on the first night of Rosh Hashanah, challah, then apple slices, are dipped into a pot of honey, which is accompanied by a prayer asking God for a sweet year. Honey cake is often eaten for the same symbolic reasons.
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5. Veggies.To celebrate the holiday, Jews do a number of different things with a number of different vegetables. Carrots and squash are often eaten as a cleansing ritual, while eating leeks or cooking them into a soup is meant to symbolize the cutting off of enemies.
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