This article will provide you with information about Prayer that Jewish people recite before eating Apples and Honey for Rosh Hashanah. There are other traditional foods that are eaten during the period of High Holidays which starts with Rosh Hashanah and ends over the ten-day period of self-reflection and repentance on the day of Yom Kippur also known as Day of Judgement.
You all must be wondering why do people eat Apple and Honey on Rosh Hashannah and not any other fruits? As we all know that Jewish religion is rich with symbolism and cultural expression, therefore the reason behind this tradition has its roots in the history of Judaism and medical science as well.
Why do people eat Apple and Honey on Rosh Hashannah?
The religious reason why you eat apples and honey on Rosh Hashanah is that it symbolizes that you are hoping that God will give you a sweet or happy new year and will forgive all the sins committed in the past year. This tradition is also mentioned in the historic Jewish teachings.
Ancient Jewish teachings mention that the Garden of Eden was filled with a strong aroma of apples and in some writings, it is also known as “the holy apple orchard.” Thus Rosh Hashanah marks the anniversary of the creation of humankind and a new connection with God as he created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. In addition, King Solomon, in his Song of Songs, links the love of God and the apple tree.
Talking about Honey as mentioned in history, it is used to be considered as a precious commodity in the good old days. By dipping apple into the honey, symbolizes that Jewish people are asking God of his love and hope for a fruitful and happy new year.
Apples and Honey for Rosh Hashanah: Prayers, Blessings
In the evening the whole family gets together to enjoy Rosh Hashanah Traditional Food. The woman and girls of the house light two candles; the first candle is lit before the sundown and on the second night, candles are lit immediately after nightfall, by using an existing flame.
The right way to eat apples with honey on Rosh Hashanah is by reciting prayers before and after taking the bite from an apple.
Before taking the bite, you have to recite the following prayer mentioned below:
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha’olam borei p’ri ha’eitz (Amein).
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, king of the universe who creates the fruit of the tree. (Amen)
Now dip the apple in honey and take a bite, then continue with the following prayer for Rosh Hashanah:
y’hi ratzon mil’fanekha Adonai eloheinu vei’lohei avoteinu sh’t’chadeish aleinu shanah tovah um’tukah.
May it be Your will, Lord our God and God of our ancestors that you renew for us a good and sweet year.
That’s all in this article about Rosh Hashanah Prayer. I hope you found the information that you were looking for. Celebrate Rosh Hashanah 2020 with the sweetness of apples and honey and shanah tovah to all my brothers and sisters.