The list of simanim seems to be getting longer each year. I guess ‘cause for me it all started with apples and honey, never having heard of a simanim seder until I graduated to an observant lifestyle.
Simanin (literally signs or indicators) are foods that we eat on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize our hopes for the coming year. I like to work simanim into my Rosh Hashanah recipes for the added blessing, sweetness, and mazal they represent.
Now known as the Rosh Hashanah seder, the seder is a “program” run through at the start of a Rosh Hashanah meal, where we partake of a series of symbolic foods (the simanim), each followed by a specific blessing.
In addition to the seder, challenge yourself and see how many simanim you can work into your menu.
In this month's issue of JOY of KOSHER with Jamie Geller magazine I will help you out with my 7-Minute Prep, Simanim Inspired Menu. It's a delectable way to energize new beginnings!
Wishing you the happiest, sweetest, most JOYous new year—always and forever.