Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Modern honey dish - a popular gift for Rosh Hashanah

A honey dish is a very popular gift for Rosh Hashanah. The honey dish is probably the most impressive item on Rosh Hashanah festive table. Many Jewish people purchase a honey dish as a gift for their friends or themselves during the Jewish holidays. U sing their imagination and creativity, contemporary Judaica artists have created a wide selection of honey dishes in various styles and materials to fit any personal style or needs.

The honey is a main ingredient in Rosh Hashanah menu, since we believe that what we eat will reflect on the year to come. According to tradition, the sweet honey is a way to bless ourselves a sweet year to come.

The sweet honey is usually placed in a special tray known as honey dish. A honey dish normally has one or two designated spots. In each spot you can place apples and honey or pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate seeds can be placed in one bowl, and apples and honey in the other.
Honey dish usually incorporates prominent Rosh Hashanah motifs such as the pomegranate. You can find many honey dishes shaped as a pomegranate or decorated with pomegranates. The honey dish might also include appropriate Hebrew blessings such as Shana Tova (happy New Year) or Shana Tova Vemetuka (happy and sweet year).

More honey dish designs in modern style by Israeli artist Shraga Landesman:

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