Celebrate the High Holy Days with these favorite recipes.

By Tammy Weisberger
September 30, 2016
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The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is a time to reflect upon the past year, reunite with family members and friends, and celebrate the happy year to come. It is a time both for joy and for self-reflection.

Symbols and Traditions

On this special day, there are many symbolic foods: the challah is round, signifying the cycle of the year, while raisins in the bread symbolize joy.

Foods for Feasting

Fish -- long a symbol of prosperity and abundance -- is often prepared with a sweet sauce or stuffed with nuts and fruits. Fish also represent knowledge, because their eyes are always open and so see everything. Leeks, spinach, and dates are other symbolic foods.

Cardamom Maple Salmon | Photo by LilSnoo

Sweets for the New Year

Apples and honey take starring roles, as the family dips the fruits of their labor in the sweetness of the year to come. Pomegranates are said to have 613 seeds, a number that corresponds to the number of mitzvot, or types of good deeds that Jews as a society must perform. A pomegranate on the holiday table symbolizes numerous good deeds that have been performed over the year.

Spiced Pears and Pomegranate | Photo by reiscakes

Check out our complete collection of Rosh Hashanah Recipes.