Symbols in the Food

Simanim the symbols in the food that we eat and bless on Rosh HaShanah

Dates

What sounds like it could be a sign for a single person’s reality – having a date, going on the date and so on. Dates is actually the sign to end or to extinguish and comes from the hebrew word TAMAR – tam. Let’s pray that all our enemies and those who seek to harm us will end. How about the end of COVID 19?

And yes please can we have some good dates this year?

P.S. dates are known for their healing power and are rich in vitamin B6 and also have some Vitamin A and K, minerals such as (potassium, copper, magnesium,manganese. Have some calcium and iron as well)  and dietary fiber. But please keep in mind that besides being delicious it’s loaded with Fructose and Glucose (dextrose)

Pomegranate

Rimon in hebrew. Midrash says that Rimon has as many seeds as  there are Mitzvot ( commandments) that are given to the people of Israel. 613 ( I never counted myself and you?) of them   365 Mitzvot don’t do and 248 Mitzvot do. That is also full of symbols 365 Mitzvot don’t correspond  to the number of days in the year and the 248 is the hebrew number for the organs of a person according to the Sages that reminds us to be human all year around.

So we eat Rimon and bless us to be full of good deeds

P.S.Rimon is considered to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet full of vitamins C and K, Vitamin B6; loaded in antioxidants and as studies show may possibly lower the risk of various diseases such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis. It may as well boost your memory and exercise performance and you will need that after the tasty Rosh Hashanah seder dinner 

Rubia

Rubia comes from the Yirbu – to increase or to plentiful. Usually symbolized by green string beans as well as  Libyan Siman for prosperity that uses sesame seeds – it’s hard to count them and we ask that this year be the year of prosperity and that we will have enough to share.

Sharing is caring

P.S. Green string beans also known as one of the five a day are very low in calories but rich in Potassium, Calcium, Phospore  vitamins A , C 

And B9 helps to fight the tiredness and boosts the immune system.

P.S.S. Sesame seeds as they are tasty on their own are also the main ingredients in making the Thina that later must be added to hummus or can be  transformed to chalvah. As for the nutritional value, in those small grains you can find all your body needs, like in the pharmacies, as well as all the amino acids that make their value as high as the meats.

Karti – leeks or scallions 

Karti sounds like hebrew word Yikartu – will be cut off. It’s a little bit like with a Siman of  date then we ask for the bad times to stop now we ask for the bad people to leave us alone and on the positive note to be surrounded only with good people, strong community and real friends. And yes only with real friends you can eat as much onions as you like.

Traditionally Persian Jews tear the scallions, throw them over the shoulder and even actually say out loud the names of the enemies.

Scallions are perfect for the salads and rich in Vitamin A, C and Calcium

Leeks can be eaten raw as well as fried or stirred on in a soup 

Rich in vitamins and as part of the family of onions and garlic has lots of antioxidants, bonus you won’t cry while cutting a leek.

Silka

Represented by beets or beetroot leaves.

The wish for freedom and growth is Siman that comes from the Aramaic work Salka and sounds like Hebrew Lehistalek that means to retreat to work away (usually used as a rude one).

With this we wish to be free from enemies and achieve freedom and growth. So many times our enemies that keeps us from growing lives inside us

P.S. A very popular vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked, as a garnish or in a soup. 

Powerful antioxidants, packed with vitamins and minerals can boost the immune system and encourage weight loss, and help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

We can go on and on, no wonder that so many countries use beetroot in their kitchen

 Kara 

Represented by a pumpkin 

This siman has a double word play in hebrew. Depends on the spelling it may mean to tear/ to rend or proclaim

With this Siman we ask that our bad decrees be torn and our good merits be proclaimed(already getting ready for Yom Kippur).

P.S. pumpkin besides being beautiful and tasty with lots of options of preparation it’s very rich in vitamin A – up to 245% of the reference daily intake. Besides being full of antioxidants and carotenoids, it’s low in calories and great for the skin.

Its good its autumn the pumpkin  season.

P.S. Did you know that the halloween tradition to craft the jac is quite new and  was actually born because of Sukkot and Polish Jews?

Gezer 

It’s a carrot literally translated from hebrew 

In Easter Europe we cut the carrots to look like the money and pray for parnasa and good income as from Yidish Mehren – increase.

From the hebrew, the word can  mean  to cut and to decree. And again we ask for a good judgment. 

P.S. Who doesn’t know carrots? They say that it’s so good for your eyes it’s loaded with beta carotene you don’t believe? But have you ever seen a rabbit with glasses? 

Fish

A wish for fertility and growth

One of the Shabbat mitzvot says Pru vRvu. And with eating a fish we ask to be as many as fish in the sea to grow our community and peoplehood.

P.S. The health properties of fish and the phosphor are so well known that they are believed to contribute to the cleverness. And so many jokes are told about the heering and the Jews. We sure know at least one. No wonder that some cultures demand to eat fish at least once a week and avoid meat and that is even a pescetarian diet?

 Head

A wish of leadership 

Be one head above others and it used to be a mandatory if you wanted to succeed as a jew outside Israel.

Use your head but don’t forget your heart.

P.S. in Eastern Europe it’s usually a head of a Carp that gefilte fish was made of, on other hand in Baghdad the head of lamb is used instead and the brains are eaten to remember the story of the Binding of Issac. 

Dag the fish Daaga the worries so lets know no worries and be in the head and not in tail!  

Apples in honey

The most known symbol of the New Jewish Year. We wish You a Sweet and Good Year!

In Ashkenazi tradition Apples are eaten slides in Iraqian baked with sugar while in Yemen its a Quince ( we love then but they are so souer before the sugar and honey and must be cooked before consuming)

P.S. is there anybody who doesn’t know an apple? An apple a day keeps doctors away as the proverb says.

As for the  Honey, natural antibiotics, sweet and healthy, loaded with vitamins and minerals. Do you know that a real honey can last for centuries and never expire? No wonder that Israel is the land of milk and honey.