Apples and Honey
Dipping apples into honey is one of the most common customary foods of Rosh Hashanah – it is meant to signify our wishes for a sweet new year. According to Jewish mysticism the apple represents the Shekhinah which is the feminine aspect of God. There is a three step ritual to the eating of apples and honey.
First, say the first part of the prayer, which is a blessing thanking God for the apples: Blessed are you Lord, our God, Ruler of the world, Creator of the fruit of the tree. Second, take a bite of the apple slices dipped in honey. And then third, say the second part of the prayer, which asks God to renew us during the New Year: May it be Your will, Adonai, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You renew for us a good and sweet year.