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Fish dishes lend meaning to the Rosh Hashanah table
Fish dishes lend meaning to the Rosh Hashanah table

For the Jewish New Year, which begins on Wednesday at sundown, fish will be on the menu in many households. According to tradition, having fish on the table is an omen for blessings in the year to come. When the fish is served, observant Jews recite a prayer expressing the wish "that we be fruitful and multiply like fish." There is additional symbolism in serving fish. Rosh Hashanah literally means the head of the year, and it is customary to serve fish with their heads on and to recite a blessing based on a verse in Deuteronomy: "May we be heads, not tails" — in other words, leaders rather than followers. According to Nicholas Stavroulakis, author of...

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