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A Seder for Rosh Hashanah



Growing up in Iran, ceremonial food for Rosh Hashanah was more than just apples and honey. We celebrated the holiday with numerous prayers and symbolic food.


These symbolic morsels were the highlight of our holiday dinner. Each item was fresh or cooked from scratch.


My father knew whose gardens had white pomegranate trees and requested a few for our seder. We didn't use regular pomegranates with red seeds. White pomegranate seeds were sweet and didn't have the hard seed (arils) inside. They were quite delicious.



Happy New Year and I hope you'll enjoy celebrating this holiday with an Iranian twist.


I am sharing with you a pamphlet I produced in my computer literacy class years ago.


Nooshe-joon! Enjoy!






Candle Lighting






Kiddush








Washing Hands





Ha-Motzi: Prayers over bread


Hamotzi recited by Iranian Jews. We didn't have challah bread. Prayers were said over flat bread.


The Four Meanings of Rosh Hashanah


Apples and Honey



Scallions/Chives


Squash


Beans/ Black Eyed Peas


Head (Lamb, Fish or a head of lettuce if you are vegetarian)


Beets


Dates

Fresh Yellow Dates, If possible



Pomegranates



White pomegranates from

Specialty Produce






Lung or something airy like marshmallows or popcorn



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