The Bible praises the Land of Israel for its pomegranates (Deut. 8:8). Traditionally, they are eaten on the second night of the Biblical festival of Rosh Hashanah. The exotic fruit filled with its countless red “ruby” gem-kernels of juice, is fully ripe just in time for the feast.
Rosh Hashanah is known in the Bible as the Feast of Trumpets, and is considered the beginning of the Jewish New Year.
This Biblical holiday has a sober side – the call to take stock of our personal moral and religious life of the past year and to come before God with repentant prayers. However, Rosh Hashanah also has a light, culinary, sweet side to its celebration. In addition to pomegranates, dried fruit, grapes, honey and apple slices also cover the festive table.
Jewish dietary practice is diverse and symbolic. In the case of pomegranates, the seeds are considered to signify the variety and number of commandments in the Torah, and fruitfulness in general.
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