Rosh HaShanah Blessings: On Special Foods to Celebrate the New Year

Special blessings for a sweet new year

Pick up a slice of apple, dip it in honey, and say:

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei p’ri ha-eitz.

We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the tree.

Then add:

Y’hi ratzon milfanecha, Adonai Eloheinu v’Elohei
avoteinu v’imoteinu, shetchadesh aleinu shanah tovah um’tukah.

May it be Your will, Eternal our God, that this be a good and sweet year for us.

Eat the apple dipped in honey.

Your family also may want to enjoy challah dipped in honey. Some families include a pomegranate as a treat before the meal. It is said that the number of seeds in the pomegranate reflects the number of good deeds that you will do in the coming year. Enjoy your holiday meal!

Kiddush (the blessing over the wine)

Lift the cup(s) of wine and say:

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, borei p’ri hagafen.

We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the vine.

HaMotzi (the blessing over the bread)

Uncover the challah and say:

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min ha-aretz.

We praise You, Eternal God, Sovereign of the Universe, who brings forth bread from the earth.

Eat the challah.