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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, began at sunset and lasts for two days.
Welcoming the new year involves traditional foods like honey, apples and pomegranates. Honey is eaten for a sweeter new year, apples represent creation and fall, and tradition holds that pomegranates have exactly 613 seeds, representing the 613 “Mitzvot” or commandments in the Torah. Carrots are sliced into coins and represent prosperity.
Apples may be dipped in honey, or honey cake is served.
Fish heads are also traditional at some Rosh Hashanah observances.
“The head symbolises the head of the new year, and diners hope that the next year will be as plentiful as the fish in the sea,” London food writer Denise Phillips said.
“It’s to show that we should be leaders and not followers — we should be the head and not the tail,” Chicago rabbi Asher Lopatin said.
Rising Global Prices
Prices have risen on some staple foods this year, like apples and pomegranates, but it hasn’t stopped people from celebrating.
“It’s a trade-off. We’ll have it all but a little less of everything,” Detroit-area resident Ronit Lipsky said as she shopped for apples.
Apples have gone up 27 cents since last quarter, honey up around 30 cents, and pomegranates have nearly doubled in price.