Rosh Hashanah is tonight and we are all running around doing our last minute shopping and preparations. The round sweet challahs, filled with sweet raisins, fill the kitchen with their delightful aroma. I just wanted to say a few last minute comments on the brachot and why we eat them.
Pomegranate often serves as the new fruit, a fruit not eaten yet in the seasons. This fruit supposedly has 613 seeds - need I say more? 613 Mitzvot, 613 seeds, we fulfill the desire to fulfill the mitzvot by eating pomegranate.
We eat apples for their sweetness, but there are manysweet fruits. Apples were in the Garden of Eden so they are special. Dates are consumed, simlar to leek, eaten that all enemies will end their wrath. Since Rosh Hashanah means Head of the year, in Hebrew. For Sephardim it is the head of a cow or tongue.
Of course there are many explanations and variations as wto why we eat what we do, what the brachot are for and how the foods are prepared.
The main thing is to enjoy the holiday with family and friends, to be inclusive and welcoming and to have a sweet New Year.