This year, the Jewish New Year began this evening, Oct. 2., at 6:10 p.m. in Chicago and will end Oct. 4. Unlike the typical secular new year celebration in the western world, Rosh Hashanah is not a noisy holiday with fireworks. It is a time for reflection and seeking forgiveness. Debts of the previous year must be paid.
But just as with new year celebrations around the world, food is an integral part of the holiday.
The challah bread, which is eaten during Rosh Hashana, symbolizes the continuity of life. The apples that are dipped in honey symbolize sweetness and good health throughout the New Year. Some people also eat fish heads, which symbolize their desire to be on top, not the bottom, of life in the New Year. Pomegranates symbolize an abundance of goodness and happiness.
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