The Jewish faith is rich in rituals. We cannot relate religious signifcance to food, but there are certain days which are underlined by fasting, others which are exalted by feasting. Below you can see some traditional outline of foods prepared for the Fall Feasts...
The New Year is ushered in by the blowing of the Shofar (Ram's Horn). Sliced apples dipped in honey signify the hope for a sweet and happy New Year. Carrot dishes are also served as they symbolize the sweetness of life and prosperity. (Did you know that the Hebrew word for carrots is Meren which means "to multiply".)
On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, after the Kiddush (blessing over the wine) and ha-Motzi, (blessing over the bread) it is customary to dip an apple in honey and say: " Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine."
After eating the apple & honey, the following is then said: "May it be your will, God and God of our fathers, to renew on us a good and sweet year."
- Apples dipped in Honey
- Wine or sparkling cider
- Chicken Soup with Matzo Balls
- Baked Chicken or Baked Turkey
- Carrots, Sweet Potatoes
- Honey Cake, Sponge Cake, or Apple Cake