Tashlich: Rosh Hashanah and Casting Away Sin

Sep 12, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Every year shortly before sunset on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Jews around the world gather next to a body of water where they recite certain prayers, followed by a symbolic shaking out of our pockets. This is the ancient custom known as “Tashlich,” which means “casting off” in Hebrew,a symbolic way of casting off the sins of the previous year. Just as the water carries […]

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The Pomegranate: The Fruit of Wisdom

Sep 03, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

This Rosh Hashanah, Jews all over the world are going to be indulging in pomegranates. Largely thanks to health researchers touting the benefits of pomegranate consumption, this majestic-looking fruit has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years. In the Jewish world, however, owing to its religious significance, the pomegranate has never gone out of style. Let’s take a look: The pomegranate has been grown around the Mediterranean region since […]

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Rosh Hashanah: Why Apples and Honey?

Aug 25, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

Rosh HaShanah, like most Jewish holidays, has several unique food customs associated with it. One of the most popular and well-known has to do with dipping apples into honey, stemming from the age-old Jewish tradition of eating sweet foods to express our hope for a sweet new year. But why specifically apples and honey? Here are 10 connections regarding apples and honey in Jewish tradition: 1) According to Jewish tradition, […]

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