Dates – Symbol for Rosh Hashana

dates in front of palm tree, watercolor on paper
dates in front of palm tree, watercolor on paper, 2011 by Leora Wenger

Dates are one of the simanim for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

Here’s what one says on the siman (symbol) of the date:

יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ יהוה אֱלהֵינוּ וֵאלהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ
שֶׁיִּתַּמּוּ שׂוֹנְאֵינוּ

May it be your will, LORD our God and God of our fathers,
that those who hate us be ended
(yitamu – from tamar, dates in Aramaic)

Would you go on a date with a girl named Tamar? Tamar is the Hebrew word for date, so you can play with words and come up with some funny phrases.

If you are getting ready for Rosh Hashana, you may want to read this post:
Symbols for Sweet New Year – the Simanim to double check if you got everything you need.

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