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Simanim: A Tasty New Year

A variety of symbolic foods, called simanim, are eaten at the beginning of the Rosh Hashanah dinner. The foods are each accompanied by a short wish for the new year which includes a pun based on the name or characteristics of the food. The most well-known example is apples dipped in honey and eaten with the wish to be blessed with a sweet new year.

How does eating symbolic foods enhance our Rosh Hashanah experience? Explore a range of Jewish texts and primary sources.

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