On the evening of Rosh Hashanah jews eat Simane – symbolic food: apple in honey, fish head, pomegranate seeds. The question arises – to whom this food is symbolic, and what happens if someone does not understand symbolism of absorbed food? And is honey kosher? Let’s make supervision.
Meiri says that without an understanding of what a certain dish actually represents, there is no special sense of eating something so exotic on Rosh Hashanah, and can not be. Rosh Hashanah – the day of the court, and according to Meiri basic idea to eat a symbolic food is reminder of how unusual the 10 days of teshuvah – the time of reformation and repentance.
Symbolic food that jews eat in the evening of Rosh Hashanah – this is a reminder to teshuva. That’s why there are so many different traditions and different Simane.
Interestingly, almost universally as one of the symbols is honey. The very fact that we eat the honey in itself is something strange. And it is certainly not only in the fact that this is a hint of a sweet year. There is a principle that everything that comes from non-kosher animals are non-kosher. So the fact that non-kosher bees produce kosher honey, which is suitable to eat without any preparations is already should attract our attention.
As explained by Reb Nathan miBreslov honey is the main symbol of teshuvah (Likutei Alahot, Deuteronomy Hayots min Achaia, 4:45). Just as the non-kosher bees produce kosher honey – and God gives us the opportunity to make something good out of our non-ideal intentions and actions (as jews say). This requires a separate explanation.
At first glance it may seem that the tikkun olam – repairing the world – can be infinitely long. After all, if the employee during the repair breaks something else parallel with the repair, the situation becomes desperate. But there are two types of Tikkun (two types of patches) – one type of corrections which people are engaged, and the second type of corrections that are not available to people, which deals with the Almighty.
As well as honey, which in terms of the usual course of things can not be kosher, but no doubt is kosher so as jews’ not perfect deals due to the efforts of the Almighty in the end reach the desired result. This is one of the reasons why Rosh Hashanah – like the day of judgment – is perceived as a holiday. Despite the fact that , in principle, there is no way to complete the job, as long as jews honestly fulfilled their part of patches, God helps them to complete the cycle and finish the work that seems impossible.