In addition to the usual apples and honey, some Jews have the custom of adding special foods to their Rosh Hashanah table. Each of these foods has symbolic meaning tied to its name in Hebrew. We set our tables with bowls of these seven foods and before eating each of them, we offer a wish to God and a question upon which to reflect.
Dates: May it be your will, God, that enmity will end.
String beans: May it be Your will, God, that our merits increase.
Pumpkin: May it be Your will, God, to tear away all evil decrees against us, as our merits are proclaimed before you.
Beets: May it be Your will, God, that all the enemies who might beat us will retreat, and we will beat a path to freedom
Scallions: May it be Your will, God, that our enemies be cut off.
Pomegranate: May we be as full of mitzvot as the pomegranate is full of seeds.
Apple: May it be Your will, God, to renew for us a good and sweet year.