On the night of Rosh Hashanah, it is customary to dip an apple in honey, and we add a prayer for a good and sweet year.
One could think that the main focus is on the “sweetness” of the new year. The truth is, the apple is actually the more important of the two. If one were to eat an apple on its own, he would recite the blessing over fruit; if one were to eat honey on its own the blessing would be, “ through Whose word everything came to be”. However, when we dip the apple in the honey we only make the blessing on the fruit, on the apple. This is because the apple is more important. Why? Because the apple is the symbol of life itself, since it comes from a tree, and Torah, our lifeblood, is called the tree of life.
While we all want a life full of sweetness the main object of our prayer is “life itself”. Let’s make sure we focus on what is most important, first.
(Rav Yitzchok Sender)
Think about it!
Rabbi Tzvi Jacobson, Host of Let’s Talk Torah on the New Radio Media Community Channel