Rosh Hashanah Symbolic Foods
An explanation of some of the symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah
From various sources
We eat different vegetables, fruits and other foods whose names are an allusion for the good:
- We dip apples in honey to signify our wish for a "good and sweet new year."
- We eat beans (rubiyah) to 'increase' and carrots (mehren in yiddish) to 'increase'-we ask the Almighty for our merits to increase; some believe these indicate fertility and prosperity.
- We eat leeks, which in aramaic are karasai, also meaning 'to cut off'. We ask Hashem to cut off our enemies.
- We eat beets, in aramaic silka, also meaning 'remove' and pray that our adversaries be removed.
- We eat dates, in aramaic tamrai, and we ask Hashem that our enemies be consumed (yetamu).
- We eat gourds (eg. Pumpkin, squash), in aramaic kara, and ask the Almighty to tear (kara) our sentences and proclaim (kara) our merits.
- We eat pomegranates and ask that our merits should be as numerous as the "613" seeds of a pomegranate.
- We eat fish heads with a request to be fruitful and multiply like fish.
- We eat (or at least mention) the head of a sheep with the wish that the Jewish people should be the leaders.
The third annual pre- Kosherfest Social Media Dinner, KosherFeast 2013, will be held on Monday October 28th from 5pm – 9pm at The J Soho restaurant in Manhattan. Influential Food writers, culinary editors, media personalities, recipe bloggers, cookbook authors and food brand professionals are invited to attend. The 2011 and 2012 event were both sold out, with a waiting list. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kosherfest, and some of the pioneers in the kosher food industry will be recognized including luminaries such as Susie Fishbein, Laura Frankel, Norene Gilletz, David Herzog, Gil Marks, Levana Kirschenbaum, Menachem Lubinsky, Joan Nathan, and several more kosher industry stars. The Manischewitz Company is a premier sponsor of the event. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Met Council, a New York area organization focused on Jewish poverty.
A three-course gourmet dinner, including a chef’s surprise tasting and wine pairing will be presented by J Soho restaurateur, Henry Stimler and his culinary team. Tickets are $70 per person. The evening is being coordinated by Esti Berkowitz, of PrimeTimeParenting.com and Roberta Scher of KosherEye.com.
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Chances are the honey you purchased to dip apples into on Rosh Hashana is not truly honey. According to Food Safety News (www.foodsafetynews.com), which tested over 60 honey containers sold in 10 states and the District of Columbia, 76 percent of samples bought at groceries and 77 percent from large retail chain stores had all the pollen removed, which is the only real way to identify the source of honey. All honey sold in drugstores and given out in fast food restaurants had been ultrafiltered, which heats, sometimes waters down and then filters the honey to remove pollen. This is different from traditional straining methods that retain pollen.
Although the Food and Drug Administration states that any product without pollen is not honey, the FDA does not inspect honey, and illegal, contaminated honey from China—many hiding unhealthy sweeteners and antibiotics—has flooded the North American market.
This article is reprinted from Hadassah Magazine, and certainly offers food for thought when purchasing honey. There are so many varieties. Bee educated....to make a sweet choice!
Vaughn Bryant, professor at Texas A&M University and a pollen expert who analyzed the 60 containers, found the full amount of pollen in every honey sample from farmers' markets, food cooperatives and health stores like Trader Joe's; 71 percent of organic samples from major grocery chains passed the test.
Raw, unprocessed honey that is harvested by beekeepers has medicinal properties and antiallergenic benefits. It contains nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants and appears in many varieties, depending on the flowers and plants where bees seek their nectar. —Sara Trappler Spielman.
To read the entire article, originally reported in 2011, click here: Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey
To read all about honey, as reported by the National Honey Board, click here: Honey Varietals
Rosh Hashanah Coloring Page
From our friend Ann D. Koffsky — illustrator and children's book author — another delightful creation, a printable Rosh Hashanah coloring page.
Just print the coloring page and let your "little" artists create a masterpiece; they will have such fun! While you are visiting Ann's website, please browse and view her wonderful Judaic art work.
And another crafty bonus:
jCreate Magazine took Ann's apple and bees coloring page and very cleverly made it into a pretty painted dish craft. Check it out: jCREATE. (it's on page 14).
As we approach the days of YomTov, we spend hours, and hours, and hours cooking and baking in our kitchens-- slicing, chopping, dicing, mixing, simmering, reaching– Get the picture?
Artwork by Carl Wiens for the New York Times
A recent article in the New York Times by one of our favorite columnists, Jane E. Brody reminds us and warns us to be careful in the kitchen. This is a must read for every cook, and every 'helpful in the kitchen' family member. Read the article here:
To celebrate the New Year and reaching 10,000 web orders, our friends at KOL Foods are giving away a $233.96 Rosh Hashana Brisket Dinner Package for eight to ONE lucky person. PLUS they're shipping it free (within the lower 48 states).
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Rosh Hashanah Donation
Ari and Sari Horowitz Memorial Fund
At this time of year, we are all thinking of our blessings and praying for a sweet year ahead. The Ari and Sari Horowitz Memorial campaign supports the needs of Israeli soldiers. Do consider this worthy organization, http://www.yasharlachayal.org in your tzedakah plans.
One Egg is a Fortune – A Jewish Fundraising Cookbook
By Pnina Jacobson and Judy Kempler
If you read our 2012 review of the award-winning book, One Egg is a Fortune, you'll remember that it was RICH in international recognition for both its content and recipes. We just received notice from the authors that the book is currently being offered at a very special pre-Yom Tov price. (Including shipping).
World Table Roasted Verde Salsa
Walking the aisles of supermarkets is like a treasure hunt for The KosherEye team. What can we find, taste and report to our readers? This week we discovered World Table Roasted Salsa Verde at Walmart in a 16 ounce jar, certified OU Kosher.
This salsa is made with tomatillas, jalapenos and cilantro - and has a gentle "kick". Such a treat as a dip for our tortilla chips!
Tomatillas - is a fruit we rarely serve, but is a popular ingredient in the recipes of our Mexican friends.
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