Technion Presents State-of-the-art Alternative to Dipping Apples in Honey

Two Israeli engineering students come up with a more exciting, and complex, way to carry out a Rosh Hashanah tradition.

The Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa has produced some of the most viral videos to make their way around the Jewish world in the past year – featuring quirky acts such as a hip-hop dancing Nobel laureate and a robot that lights a Hanukkah menorah.

In the latest addition to its series of holiday videos broadcast on the Technion YouTube channel, two mechanical engineering students give the age-old Rosh Hashanah tradition of dipping an apple in honey a twist: The video, released Wednesday, shows them using a high-tech crossbow to shoot an apple slice at a balloon filled with honey as it is carried in the air by two other helium balloons. The president of the Technion, Professor Peretz Lavie, standing at the other end of the a lawn, skillfully catches the apple slice now “dipped” in honey.

Like the robot featured in last year’s Hanukkah video, this latest attempt at meshing Jewish tradition with state-of-the-art technology was the brainchild of Eyal Cohen, a prize-winning, fourth year student of mechanical engineering, and Noa Sarig, a freshman in the program.

The Technion’s Hanukkah video featuring the candle-lighting robot registered almost half a million hits on YouTube.

Rosh Hashanah begins this year on the evening of Wednesday, September 4.

Screengrab from Technion 's YouTube video