Tuesday, September 30, 2008

shana tova!

The typical Rosh Hashana image here in the states is of apples dipped in honey for a sweet new year, but in our Iranian Jewish family, for two nights in a row, our spread has a whole set of symbolic foods, and the whole thing has a strange 'exotic soul food' bent to it: roasted beets, cow's tongue (accompanied of course by the annual demonstration of the sound of a tongueless cow mooing, thank you cousin Sadaf), black eyed peas, fried zucchini, dates, and a big bowl of sweet-tart pomegranate seeds. Whatever your particular tradition, here's to a year of sweetness and peace for our community and our world.

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