Apple and Honey (Hebrew: תפוח בדבש ) is one of the most and well-known food customs of the Jewish Holiday, Rosh HaShanah.
Basically, all you have to do is to slice an apple and dip it in honey. So simple and so tasty…
This custom symbolizes our hopes for a sweet year.
According to Jewish mysticism, the apple represents the Shekhinah (Hebrew: שכינה). Many of them believe that the Shekhinah is watching us and judging all the things we’ve done during the year.
When we eat apple and honey, it represents our hopes and wishes to that the Shekinah will judge us more kindly.
This is the blessings for the apples and honey:
ברוך אתה ה’ א לוהינו מלך העולם, בורא פרי העץ.
Barukh ata Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha olam, bo’re p’ri ha etz.
Translation: “Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the universe, Who creates the fruit of the tree.”
A bite of apple dipped in honey is eaten, which is followed by:
יהי רצון מלפניך, ה׳ א לוהינו וא לוהי אבותינו, שתחדש עלינו שנה טובה ומתוקה
Y’hi ratzon mil’fanekha, Adonai Eloheinu velohei avoteinu, shet’hadesh aleinu shana tova um’tuka.
Translation: “May it be Your will, LORD our God and God of our ancestors, that you renew for us a good and sweet year”.
Have a sweet new year !! שנה מתוקה