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Apples and Honey
Apples and Honey for the Jewish New Year
During Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year), it is traditional to eat apples dipped in honey, to symbolize our hopes for a "sweet" new year. The apple is dipped in honey, the blessing for eating tree fruits is recited, the apple is tasted, and then the apples and honey prayer is recited:
Barukh atah Adonai, Elohaynu, melekh ha-olam
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, king of the universe
borei priy ha-eitz. (Amen)
who creates the fruit of the tree. (Amen)
Take a bite from the apple dipped in honey, then continue with the following:
Y'hee ratzon mee-l'fanekha, Adonai Elohaynu v'elohey avoteynu
May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors
sh'tichadeish aleinu shanah tovah um'tuqah.
that you renew for us a good and sweet year. (Amen)
Red, Green or Yellow apples (or combination of apples) washed, cored and sliced into wedges (apples do not have to be peeled)
Kosher honey, for dipping
Place the apple wedges on a festive plate with a bowl of honey. Place a serving spoon (or honey spoon) with the honey.
Dip apple wedges in the honey or spoon the honey over the apple wedges with a honey spoon or serving spoon.
If serving challah bread, tear off pieces of challah and dip challah pieces in the honey also.
Photograph taken by Diana Baker Woodall© 2004
Date: September 2, 2004