One thing I remember from the part of my childhood that was spent at a Jewish day camp is the fact that once a year, we were given apples with honey and raisin Challah bread. Later I realized that these are the traditional foods of the Jewish New Year, but I still had no idea they symbolized anything.

The apples and honey eaten symbolize the coming of a sweet new year. Oftentimes, for dinner, the tongue of a cow or the head of a fish is eaten, as the “head” of the new year. Round Challah bread is typically served, representing the year as a cycle. Raisins are added to emphasize the message of sweetness.

Many stuffed foods are also eaten to encourage a year stuffed full of blessings.

Activities of the Jewish New Year

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