Rosh Hashanah means "the head of the year," and is a cherished Jewish holiday that brings my Persian-Jewish family together to celebrate our heritage. We savor a wonderful seder filled with delicious food, and I'm sharing the symbolism of the seder items along with 8 Rosh Hashanah recipes we enjoy every year on our table.
🍽️ Symbolic Foods We Eat at Rosh Hashanah
There are nine symbolic foods we enjoy for the Jewish New Year celebrations:
- Meat from the head of an animal: This represents the head of the year: it could be lamb, beef, or even fish.
- Chives We take these in our teeth and bite the center to represent destroying our enemies. Then, we throw the pieces away to show they are being left behind.
- Round challah: The round shape symbolizes a whole new year.
- Pomegranate: These represent kindness, fertility, and abundance.
- Apples with honey: Symbolizes the start of a sweet new year. For a sweet dessert twist, try my apple slab cake.
- Dates: Represent defeating or punishing your enemies
- Zucchini: These symbolize proclaiming your intentions for the new year.
- Black-eyed peas: These symbolize abundance.
- Red beets: Represent leaving behind the things that are holding you back.
Also, there are two things we NEVER eat on Rosh Hashanah. First, vinegar, as its sour taste is thought to bring negativity. Second, nuts because they can linger in your mouth and make you cough or clear your throat, which interrupts prayer.
😋 8 Rosh Hashanah Recipes
As we look forward to the new year, these items will help you plan your menu, from the sweet dessert to the savory showstoppers!
1.The Best Challah Bread
3.Khoresh Beh - Persian Quince & Plum Beef Stew
4.Persian Rice with Saffron
5.Whole Roasted Chicken with Dried Fruit and Red Wine
6.Slow Cooker Brisket
📋 Rosh Hashanah FAQs
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year celebration that happens in September or October every year. It's marked with celebrations and a symbolic meal with different foods to symbolize hopes for the future and to welcome in the year.
Rosh Hashanah can fall on different dates every year, in the months of September or October. The dates are based on the Hebrew calendar.
We greet each other for Rosh Hashanah with "L'shana tova" which means "a good year"
On Rosh Hashanah, we come together with family to welcome in the new year with prayer and reflection as well as a meal of symbolic foods. Rosh Hashanah kicks off the Jewish high holidays including Yom Kippur.
🥄 More Jewish Recipes
I have an incredible choice of Jewish recipes for the high holidays and year-round!