Food for Rosh Hashana Thought

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  1. Jewish Observer says:

    May the reign of gashmius be replaced by a gust of ruchnius

  2. Jewish Observer says:

    May my new Bors bring me mazal at the bourse

  3. Jewish Observer says:

    My our mezuman bring me much of the same

  4. Jewish Observer says:

    may we watch the Woodbourne in our hearths

  5. Ori Pomerantz says:

    Carrots: May good things be created for us.

    Beets: May our enemies beat it.

    Peas: May we have true peace.

  6. Moshe Schorr says:

    When drinking Cola we may ask that G-d hear the “kol” of our prayer.
    Although some refrain from eating horseradish, one who does eat it may
    say “may we be _chozer_ bitshuva” (In hebrew, it’s called “chazeret”.

    Eating ‘tchina’, a spread made from poppy seeds, may be accompanied by asking that G-d hear our “tchinos”.

    Shana tova to all.

  7. eli says:

    I’m confused. Is this article the same as the one by the same name by Asher V. Finn? See

  8. mnuez says:

    May we be frank with each other,
    may we have pizza in the Holy Land
    and may everything goulash be kept away from us.


    May our enemies powers dim sum,
    May we rarely say Do!-Nuts!,
    And may everyone like Juice.

    And –

    May we magically have the powers to devour every sort of delectable in sight without gaining any weight or becoming gashmieshe beings without as true an appreciation of spiritual matters as we, and our Creator, would prefer. (And everything else good) Amen.

    A gut gebentched,


  9. Rudy Wagner says:

    You should place a TYRE on the Rosh Ha-Shana table and say:

    “Have a GOOD-YEAR”…

  10. Phil says:

    Asher V. Finn, if you slur the name just right, sounds like Avi Shafran. Nice catch, Eli. Well Rabbi Shafran, you might wish to come up with a new alias. How about Yonah Sonro Zenbloom? (smirk)

  11. Jewish Observer says:

    may your ribeye make no misteak

  12. Jewish Observer says:

    May it be that your cantor can’t err

  13. Jewish Observer says:

    May you cry out doubly in joy, never remoan

  14. Chaim Wolfson says:

    Rudy, your suggestion is a good idea if all you have to do is see the “simanim”. I wouldn’t recomend it, though, according to those who say you have to eat them (cf. “Kerisos” 6a and “Horyos” 12a, and “Tur” and “Shulchan Aruch” O.C. #583).

    mnuez, I assume the franks and goulash are for the first night of Yom Tov, and the pizza is for the second night.

    JO, how do you eat Woodbourne? Or a cantor, for that matter? [WRT everything else I am in complete agreement with you.]

  15. Yehoshua Friedman says:

    While Rabin was Prime Minister we ate mangoes, saying, “May it be Your will that we will soon see the man go.” It worked so well that we said it on Sharon as well. On Olmert I don’t know if I’ll bother. Too many men have to go already.

  16. Rudy Wagner says:


    off course I meant a chocolate replica of a tyre.

    Shana Tovah

  17. Asher Samuels says:

    May the Mountain Dew fall over the Land of Israel.

  18. thanbo says:

    a salad: lettuce, half a raisin, celery (due to Leizer Gillig)

  19. chaim wolfson says:

    I heard the raisin and celery part from Rav Moshe Heineman of Baltimore (though he didn’t mention anything about using half a raisin).

    I heard something in the name of the Kotzker Rebbe that puts the custom of “simanim” in perspective: There is a custom to avoid eating nuts on Rosh Hashanah, because the “gematria” (numerical value) of the Hebrew “egoz” (nut) is the same as “chet” (sin). The problem is, the Kotzker said, that many of the people who follow this custom forget that “chet” is also the “gematria” of “chet”!

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