Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews start the Rosh Hashanah meal with a series of symbolic foods.
Each of the foods, including black eyed pea, squash, pomegranate and dates, are accompanied by a blessing, called Yehi Ratzones (Yehi ratzon, meaning “May it be your will” in Hebrew), based on their name in Hebrew or Arabic.
This opens a window of opportunity of making a whole meal based on these food items, all of them in season now.
It also gives the beginning of the new year a new meaning.
The following recipes all contain foods represented in the blessings.
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