Foods on Rosh Hashanah
Hashana, we eat foods that symbolize good things we hope for in
the coming year. We contemplate what these foods symbolize, and
connect with the Source of all good things.
symbolic foods are based on a word game which connects the name of
a certain food, to a particular hope we have for the new year.
Here is a list from the Talmud of symbolic foods customarily eaten
on Rosh Hashana. (The food and its related meaning are written in
eating LEEK or CABBAGE, say: "May it be Your will, God, that
our enemies be CUT OFF."
eating BEETS, say: "May it be Your will, God, that our
adversaries be REMOVED."
eating DATES, say: "May it be Your will, God, that our
enemies be FINISHED."
eating GOURD, say: "May it be Your will, God, that the decree
of our sentence should be TORN apart, and may our merits be
PROCLAIMED before You."
eating POMEGRANATE, say: "May it be Your will, God, that our
merits increase as the seeds of a POMEGRANATE."
eating the HEAD of a sheep or fish, say: "May it be Your
will, God, that we be as the HEAD and not as the tail.
also use other foods and make up your own "May it be Your
will..." For example, you could eat a raisin and celery, and
ask God in the coming year for a "raise in salary"