A Taste of Symbolic Foods on Rosh Hashanah Rabbi Prof. David Golinkin


A Rosh Hashanah tradition of eating symbolic foods (simanim) is intended to help us ensure a good new year. The list of simanim varies between the Ashkenazic and Sephardic traditions.

Listen to Rabbi Professor David Golinkin, President of The Schechter Institutesput on his Sherlock Holmes hat as he dives into the sources of some traditional Rosh Hashanah delicacies.

Enjoy the culinary journey from the simanim mentioned in the Talmud (listed below) to the current French/Israeli tradition of eating a banana on Rosh Hashanah. Spelled “banane” in French, it sounds just like Bonne Année – French for Happy New Year!

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The eight symbolic foods (simanim) mentioned in the Talmud Rosh Hashanah symbols are:

  1. Carrots
  2. Leek or cabbage
  3. Beets
  4. Dates
  5. Gourd/pumpkin
  6. Pomegranate
  7. Fish
  8. Head of a sheep or fish

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