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My Top 5 Simanim

Help me complete the Top 10. I’ll start with the first 5.

Why stop with apples and pomegranates? In addition to the classic simanim there is a custom to develop new simanim that express your wishes for the coming year (See Magen Avraham 583:2)

1.Raisin and celery — Attributed to Rabbi Moshe Heinemann of Baltimore this is likely the most well-known of the new simanim. It is accompanied with the heartfelt prayer for a “raise in salary.”

2. Animal Crackers — For those too squeamish to have an actual goat head on the table this is a clever alternative. If you are too squeamish to have a fish head on your table — just deal with it and be happy no one is actually going to make you eat it.

3. Peas — Can’t a brother get a little peace? Peas may not win the Kids Choice Awards but they are a sweet way of asking for peace.

4. Schnitzel — A request “she’nitzal me’oiveinu” — that we should be saved from our enemies. It may not be the most creative siman but it’s a great excuse to have schnitzel.

5. Lagavulin — My personal favorite. It’s likely the most expensive siman and it’s for the 21 and older crowd but if you enjoy scotch this might be the most enjoyable way to ask for brachah without boundaries — “lo gevulin.” L’chayim!

(Originally featured in Mishpacha Issue 678)

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