Friday, October 07, 2005

Rosh HaShana customs

Some people eat the head of a lamb, others the head of a fish, and make the Yehi Ratzon to be like the head and not the tail. We like the Yehi Ratzon, but we do not like want a lambs head or a fish head on our table, so we have modified the custom, and normally make the Yehi Ratzon over the gummy fish candy, where we cut off the tail, and only eat the head.

This year, though, we forgot to buy fish head candy. So there we were, on Rosh HaShana eve without any fish heads. We looked through our candy supply, and found gummy worms, and decided to make the Yehi Ratzon over the gummy worm heads.

There was an added bonus to using Gummy worms. They are manufactured with a head on both ends, so we did not have to waste any part of the precious gummy worm, and could make the Yehi Ratzon over both ends.

As a side point to this story, a year ago my brother brought his Israeli girlfriend (or Kallah, I don't remember if they were engaged) to my parent's home for Rosh HaShana. When they served the Fish Head candy, she thought it was a joke, and kept waiting for the real fish head to make an appearance.

Now married, they came back for a Rosh HaShana visit, and this time my new sister in law insisted that my mom serve a real fish head instead of candy.

What's wrong with her?


Blogger da shevster said...

i didnt eat ANYTHING

October 07, 2005 4:21 PM  
Blogger Olah Chadasha said...

Oh c'mon. There are many funny things that can be done with fish heads. They're a holiday treat...

October 08, 2005 5:18 PM  
Blogger Krunk said...

You can make it talk like a puppet after you take out the inside of the head.So cool.

October 08, 2005 9:08 PM  
Blogger torontopearl said...

I love to hear and read variations in family minhagim. Your "gummy fish" minhag sounds like something right out of THE SIMPSONS!

October 09, 2005 12:28 AM  
Blogger stillruleall said...

The fish head was delicious! You guys missed out...And she was the kalla then

October 09, 2005 3:23 AM  
Blogger Drew_Kaplan said...

A similar candy-yhi razon story happened this year. Several of us were at a Hillel (no, I'm not in college...), when we had an apple, a pomegranate and ... candy - little candy thingys. Not as perfect as bi-headed gummy worms, but the yhi razon as jokingly stated by a young fellow was that "May our enemies be multi-colored, small, and easily disperesed." Amen.

October 10, 2005 2:00 AM  
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February 02, 2007 5:21 PM  

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