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Fruits with Many Seeds


It is common to eat pomegranates on Rosh Hashanah because the fruit is said to have 613 seeds, corresponding to the 613 commandments given to Jews in the Torah. A unique twist on this tradition is to eat kiwi fruit instead. The many seeds in fruits such as pomegranates and kiwis are said to represent fertility and also refer to the commandments given to Jews, which are thought to be the "seeds" of a righteous life.

Meredith Jacobs is founder of modernjewishmom.com and author of "The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat."

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