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An Accounting of Punny Foods for the Rosh haShanah Feast, by Stephen Belsky

https://opensiddur.org/?p=3969 An Accounting of Punny Foods for the Rosh haShanah Feast, by Stephen Belsky 2011-09-28 12:19:14 As <span class="hebrew" lang="he">חז"ל</span> [Ḥazal] taught us, on <span class="hebrew" lang="he">ראש השנה</span> [Rosh Hashanah] we elevate puns from the lowest form of humor to the highest religious experience. The foods suggested by our Sages had names in Aramaic or Hebrew that symbolized hopes for the new year -- here is a list of foods with English names for those of us for whom English is our vernacular. Text the Open Siddur Project Stephen Belsky Stephen Belsky https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Stephen Belsky https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Seder Akhilat haSimanim seudot festive meals symbolic foods punning 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. סגולות segulot סימנים simanim
As חז”ל [Ḥazal] taught us, on ראש השנה [Rosh Hashanah] we elevate puns from the lowest form of humor to the highest religious experience.


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The foods suggested by our Sages had names in Aramaic or Hebrew that symbolized hopes for the new year —
here is a list of foods with English names for those of us for whom English is our vernacular:

SQUASH so that Gd will squash your enemies

SAGE for wisdom

TARRAGON so terror will be gone

SUNFLOWER SEEDS for illumination

AVOCADOS for divine advocacy

CASHEWS for financial success (but some customarily do not eat nuts on Rosh Hashanah)

PLANTAINS so all your plans will be attained

SOLE for spiritual depth

DATES for successful romance

JERUSALEM ARTICHOKES for an end to exile and a rebuilt Jerusalem

POMEGRANATES so we will be soft like pom-poms but tough like granite

CHERRIES for a year of cheer

GRAINS for brains

PASSIONFRUIT for passion and/or compassion

BERRIES to bury the past

TURKEY or KEY LIMES to unlock a good future

COFFEE to breathe easy

MUSHROOMS for a speedy end to homelessness

PEAS for peace

LEEK for structural integrity or keeping confidence

CORN for humor

 


 

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