A recipe for Rosh Hashanah.
On Rosh Hashanah we make blessings for the year to come, often employing food puns. Chosen foods like pomegranates, apples, leeks, and dates, symbolize a wish or blessing for prosperity and health in the coming year. The food's significance is most often based on a pun of that food's name. During the Rosh Hashanah meal, each food is held up, blessed, and eaten as if to personally ingest or take in those good wishes. Of pomegranates we say, "May we be as full of mitzvot [commandments] as the pomegranate is full of seeds." Of leeks (karti) we say, "May it be Your will, God, that our enemies be cut off. (Karti resembles yikartu, the word for "cut off.") This recipe includes both pomegranates and leeks, giving you a tasty way to enjoy both foods and the blessings they bring.
Preheat the oven to 350F.
*Tip to remove seeds from a pomegranate. (This is a good job to give to your cooking partner or kids, but not when they're wearing white.) Place the pomegranate on its side and slice it in half so that you separate the top from the bottom. Each side should have a little bump in the center from where it hung from the tree. It's important that you slice it the correct way for this to work. Put a container or mixing bowl in the sink, grab a large wooden spoon, the heavier the better. Hold one half of the pomegranate so that the open side is palm down. Whack the skin all over and pretty hard. The seeds should fall out. Repeat with the other side. Have fun!
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