Rosh Hashanah Symbolics

By PB Alyesh

It is traditional to eat simanim, auspicious foods at the holiday meal on both nights of Rosh Hashana. These foods symbolize our hopes and prayers for a sweet new year!

Below are some traditional simanim,

Most people eat the simanim at the beginning of the meal but feel free to eat them throughout the festive holiday meal as well! Challenge yourself to see how many simanim you can incorporate into your meal!

1.     Apple Dipped in Honey – “Renewal with a sweet new year.”

2.     Head of a Fish – “That we be like the head and not the tail.”

3.     Carrots – “That you decree good decrees on us.” 

4.     Gourds – ‘That the decree of our sentence be torn asunder and may our merits be proclaimed.

Spiced Zucchini & Carrots

  • 4 Large Zucchini – thinly sliced – don’t pare.
  • 4TBs of Margarine
  • 1 Medium onion – Chopped.
  • 3 Big Carrots cut in round
  • 2 TBs of water
  • Pepper and Oregano to tase


  1. Heat Margarine in a skillet and add onion.
  2. Add carrots, then zucchini.
  3. Stir for 5 min then add the rest of the ingredients, cover and simmer for 30 plus min.

5.     Dates – “That our enemies be consumed.

6.     Leeks/Cabbage – “That our enemies be decimated.”

7.     Pomegranate – “Our merits should increase as (the Seeds) of a pomegranate.

Pomegranate Ice Cream

  • ¾ Cup of Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 TBS of Lemon Juice
  • 1 ½ Cup of Conf. Sugar
  • 2 Cups of Heavy Cream (Rich’s Whip)


  1. In a mixing bowl mix the lemon juice with the pomegranate juice.
  2. Add the confectionary sugar and whisk to dissolve.
  3. Add in the Rich’s Whip and mix until soft peaks form. Freeze for at least 4 hours.
  4.  Serve with pomegranate aerials on top for decoration. If you want to be really fancy – make chocolate cups and serve it in them….but then you kind of defeat the purpose of a super easy dessert.  It’s yummy and light.  Enjoy!

8.     Beets – “That our prosecutors be removed.”

9.     Fish – “That we be fruitful and multiple like fish.”

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