Another year and another Jewish New Year, or rather Rosh haShana (the head of the year).
And again we see pomegranates ALL over the place! I mean like...EveryWhere!
- There are pomegranates on the greeting cards we send each other for Rosh haShana
- There are heaps of pomegranates in the supermarkets
- There are pomegranate recipes in every single newspaper and magazine
- There are pomegranates, real and decorative ones, on the table during the Rosh haShana meals. As a matter of fact, pomegranate seeds are one of food stuffs that have a special blessing.
- The juice guys on the street corners are selling more pomegranate juice than ever
- The are even pomegranates growing like crazy all over Israel. They are practically 'dripping' from their trees.
Well, the story is two-fold:
1. Jews eat pomegranates during Rosh haShana to a sign that people's good deeds should be as plentiful as the seeds of a pomegranate.
There are 613 good deeds that Jews should do and legend has it that this is the exact number of pomegranate seeds found in a pomegranate.
And no, I have not counted all the seeds in one pomegranate.But I would like hear from you if you have! I am really curious to know if this is really true :)
|Trees are filled with pomegranates during Rosh Hashana in Israel.|
But let's put point 1 and point 2 together and think a bit about it.... The pomegranates are in season in Israel at the exact time period when Rosh haShana is celebrated and the Jewish people has a special prayer for them.
There are many such connections between Judaism and the land of Israel, but I particularly like this one. Maybe it is because the pomegranate seeds are so beautiful and jewel-like or because they grow so plentiful on their trees.
But it is probably because they are sweet and healthy and and a beautiful symbol for the hope of a wonderful Rosh haShana.
Happy 5774 everyone!