Category Archives: Jewish and Israeli Food

Rosh Hashanah 101: Apples and Honey

Sep 09, 2022  |  By Abby S

Honey is one of the central foods enjoyed by the Jewish people during Rosh Hashanah. Popularly incorporated into cakes, cookies, meat glazes, challah, and other foods, honey is also enjoyed on its own with apples throughout the High Holidays.  Honey has become an iconic symbol of Rosh Hashanah, just like pomegranates and shofars. But why do we eat honey and apples on Rosh Hashanah? What does honey symbolize? How did […]

 

Rosh Hashanah Seder: Do You Know the Traditional Rosh Hashanah Foods?

Aug 25, 2022  |  By Mari

When thinking about Rosh Hashanah food, one almost automatically thinks of the famous apples and honey combination, and for many Jews apples and honey symbolize the Jewish New Year itself. But that’s not all! As Rosh Hashanah 2022 is now less than a month away (beginning at sundown on Sunday, September 25), it’s time to familiarize ourselves with the rest of the traditional Rosh Hashanah foods, which many Jews eat […]

 

The Meaning of the Seven Species of the Land of Israel

Aug 15, 2022  |  By Mari

The pomegranate is one of the most unusual but popular Jewish symbols, found on jewelry, Judaica, and art, and usually the explanation behind the fruit’s importance is that it is one of the Seven Species or Shivat Haminim as they are called in Hebrew. The Seven Species are the foods that were found in ancient Israel and mentioned in the Torah in Deuteronomy: “A land of wheat, barley, grapes, figs, and pomegranates, […]

 

Why Do We Eat Pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah?

Aug 11, 2022  |  By Abby S

Pomegranates are a popular fruit to eat during Rosh Hashanah and a significant symbol in Judaism year-round, often gracing Judaica and Jewish jewelry. Since Rosh Hashanah 2022 begins on September 25 at sundown, now is the perfect time to learn more about the significance and symbolism of the pomegranate in Judaism and Rosh Hashanah!  Pomegranates in the Torah and other Jewish texts Pomegranates are mentioned many times throughout the Torah, […]