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 […]

Category  : Jewish Art, Judaica   

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, […]

Category  : Judaism   

5 Things to Know About Rosh Hashanah

Aug 10, 2014  |  By Arik Barel

1. What does Rosh Hashanah mean? Rosh Hashanah literally means “head of the year.” While it’s actually observed on the first two days of Tishrei, the seventh month in the Hebrew calendar, nevertheless, this date marks the Jewish New Year. 2. What Does Rosh Hashanah Commemorate? Rosh Hashanah is traditionally seen as the date when the world was created, more specifically the sixth day of Creation, the anniversary of the […]

Category  : Judaica, Judaism