Apples and Honey
Apples and Honey

Uncle Eli
A joyous New Year
to each person we meet!
We wish you a year
that is peaceful and sweet.


On Rosh Hashanah
we make wishes we eat!


Baila the bunny
dips apples in honey,
but sometimes the honey
gets sticky and runny.
It drips down her nose
and gets stuck 'tween her toes.
It winds through her hair
and gets smeared on her clothes.
It covers the walls
and it flows along ledges.
There's enough to dip dozens
of sweet apple-wedges.
More honey than fits
into ten zillion cups!
And Baila is trying to
lick it all up.
Apples and honey,
a wonderful treat,
and we hope that your new year
will be just as sweet.


On Rosh Hashanah
all the tasty new dishes
remind us to think of
our best New Year's wishes.


Red pomegranates
are bursting with seeds.
I wish I was also
so full of good deeds.
I can't count them all
There are dizzying dozens.
So the OneTwo-Beast helps
(with her OneTwo-Beast cousins).
How many seeds in the fruit?
Now they know:
As many as
all of their fingers and toes.


A ripe pomegranate,
so brightly it shines.
May the new year be filled
with enjoyable times.


On Rosh Hashanah
we eat special new foods
to show that we pray
for a year that is good.


All over your plate,
ooze these luscious big beets
to wish you a year
that is rich and complete.


The menu's so strange
it will keep you all guessing.
But each food reminds us
of holiday blessings.


Two eyes are staring
from Grandmother's dish.
On New Years she munches
the head of a fish.
Why does she eat it?
My Grandmother said:
"We don't want t to be tails.
We'd much rather be heads."


Well, I'd be delighted
if I were the tail
of a great, sharp-toothed shark,
or the world's biggest whale.
I'd splash and I'd thrash,
and I'd sway and I'd swish,
and frighten the fins
off those small-headed fish.

Baila's not fond
of the staring-back heads,
so she's ordered
a fresh head of lettuce instead.


On Rosh Hashanah
every food on your dish
is more than a food--
It's a holiday wish.



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