It is the Jewish New Year and literally means ‘Head of the Year’. It is a two day holiday and it is time when G-d decides who will live and who will die. Jews are encouraged to make amends with anyone they have wronged and to make plans for improving during the coming year. In this way, Rosh Hashanah is all about making peace in the community and striving to be a better person.
Foods for Rosh Hashanah
Chollah, the traditional bread, is round and not plaited as the circular shape represents the continuation of life.
Apples and honey are the main symbolic foods at this time, as we wish for a sweet New Year.
Pomegranate – A pomegranate is often used as the ‘new fruit’ for the 2nd night Yom Tov new fruit. It also contains 613 seeds ~just as there are 613 commandments. Another reason for the blessing and eating pomegranates on RH is that we wish that our good deeds in the ensuring year will be as plentiful as the seeds of the pomegranate.
Fish – Another example of a food eaten for prosperity and growth, that we should multiply as a people and be as plentiful as the fish in the sea.