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5 Rosh Hashanah Foods and Their Meaning

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5  Rosh Hashanah Foods and Their Meaning

Rosh Hashanah, which celebrates the Jewish New Year and spiritual renewal, is a holiday where each food consumed is full of symbolism and intended to contribute to a "sweet new year."

This year Rosh Hashanah begins the evening of Sunday, September 9th and will end the evening of Tuesday, September 11. Let's take a look at some traditional foods enjoyed during this Jewish holiday:

5 Rosh Hashanah Foods

Apples and Honey

Apples and honey are a traditional Rosh Hashanah food meant to represent a sweet and fruitful new year ahead. 

Round Challah Bread

Bread is an essential component of most Jewish meals, but on Rosh Hashanah, this braided bread is prepared in a round shape so it looks like a crown. It is enjoyed dipped in honey to attract sweetness.

Carrots, Leeks and Dates

A Rosh Hashanah celebration also includes carrots, leeks, and dates, foods that are eaten to ensure protection from enemies. 

Fish Head

A fish head represents a calling to be like "the head and not the tail" of the fish. So that we may step up and lead. Fish also symbolizes fertility and abundance.


New fruits are enjoyed during Rosh Hashanah and represent prosperity in the year ahead. Pomegranates are often the table, as are exotic fruits like star fruit, dragon fruit, and lychee.

More Rosh Hashanah Foods

There are many other traditional Rosh Hashanah foods and this fun video from Jewish actress Mayim Bialik highlights the different foods and their symbolism:


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