Apples and Honey
Everything in Judaism is so steeped in symbolism. Many things that we practice by rote has deeply esoteric meaning. On the first night of Rosh Hashanah it is customary to greet each member of your household with the phrase in hebrew “For a good year may you be inscribed and sealed”. Friendship and brotherhood are very deep tenets of Judaism and especially so on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. The days of Rosh Hashanah have a special spiritual power and a unique holiness. In order to tap into this power, we need to open our hearts to be filled with brotherly love. This is hinted to in the root of the hebrew word Teruah (the sound described to the shofar blowing) and the root of the hebrew word for brotherhood – Rei’us. They both share the same hebrew root to allude to the fact that only with friendship and brotherhood in our hearts can the holy and cleansing effect of Rosh Hashanah be manifest.
With this new found insight into the power of friendship and its connection to Rosh Hashanah, we can now understand the significance of sending our loved ones and acquaintances a Jewish New Year Rosh Hashanah Gift Basket. Only Kosher Candy (www.onlykoshercandy.com) has just rolled out their new line of breathtaking Rosh Hashanah Gift Baskets which are filled with all the traditional symbolic Jewish foods (which we discussed in last year’s Rosh Hashanah blog). Succulent red apples, gourmet honey and more.
Only Kosher Candy prides themselves on providing you with the finest products in their exclusively designed gifts. They only use top of the line honey from Savannah Bee Honey Company (https://savannahbee.com/) view their site for insights into their process of producing the finest honey in the country.
Rosh Hashanah gift baskets are available in all price ranges and styles. View http://www.onlykoshercandy.com/rosh-hashana.html for a full listing of all the Rosh Hashanah gift baskets available.
I grew up with this ditty and now my kids are coming home singing it too:
“Dip the apple, in the honey, make a bracha loud and clear. L’Shana Tova Umetukah, Have a happy sweet new year!”
What is the significance of honey? What is the significance of an apple? Nothing in Judaism is “just because”. Every tradition has been honored through the generations and has deep meaning. We eat sweet foods to express our fervent desire that the new year should be sweet with goodness and happiness. We customarily refrain from sharp, bitter and sour foods to keep this theme of sweetness at the fore. The reason we specifically use the apple is quite deep and esoteric and a number of interesting reasons are brought down on Aish.com’s website (http://www.aish.com/h/hh/rh/guide/Apples_and_Honey.html)
Here at Only Kosher Candy (www.onlykoshercandy.com) we take the business of apples and honey very seriously. Wishing family and friends a happy Jewish new year shows our loved ones that we value our relationship and wish them only future goodness and happiness. This is portrayed with our selection of sweet holiday gift packages. I will highlight a few here in this blog, please visit our website for a full listing of Rosh Hashana gift baskets.
The Apple Shaped Honey Basket is only $21.50 and includes a gold filigree apple shaped basket filled with artisan honey from Savannah Bee. The filler candies are honey flavored chewy salt water taffies. A truly tasteful and appropriate way to wish Happy New Year.
If you’re more of a country style person then this next gift basket is for you.
Beautifully displayed in a red bucket are: Savannah Bee’s Wildflower Honey, Matt’s Munchies apple flavored snacks and Apple look-alike gumballs. All wrapped up and ready to go with a wooden honey dipper included.
If you’re looking for something a little different, then this whimsical bee motif jute bag is for you. A three compartment bag with wooden handles displaying Savannah Bee’s Honey for Tea, Dried Kiwis and Jelly Fruit Slices. Priced at $25 you can send one to your in-law’s, your librarian and your doctor and spread the good wishes.
There are plenty more baskets in all price ranges to be found on Only Kosher Candy’s website http://www.onlykoshercandy.com. In addition to the extensive selection, the prices are low and the service is high. Wishing you and your family a new year full of health, happiness and peace.