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Giving the humble Rosh Hashanah staple gefilte fish its due

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Posted: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 10:59 am

The first course of the Rosh Hashanah holiday meal is often fish. Fish is symbolic of fruitfulness — “may we be fruitful and multiply like fish.” Fish is also a symbol of immortality, a good theme for the New Year.

Baked sheep’s head became a symbol for many Sephardic Jews for Rosh Hashanah dating back to the Middle Ages. Some groups merely serve sheep brains or tongue or a fish with head, probably for the same reason, for fruitfulness and prosperity, and new wishes for the new year for knowledge or leadership. It also reminds them that they should be at the “head” or a leader, rather than at the tail, or a follower, in the struggle for life.

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