10 Un-bee-lievable Honey Dishes for Rosh Hashanah
Peanut butter and jelly, burgers and fries, milk and cookies... these are all classic food combos that delight throughout the year. But come fall, there is one pair that dominates Jewish homes around the world: apples and honey!
While historians aren't positive when the custom of eating apples and honey during Rosh Hashanah started, some say it likely dates back as far as the 7th century. In Israel today, many of the country's most renowned artists find inspiration in Biblical and Talmudic mentions of apples and honey, as well as other Rosh Hashanah motifs, like pomegranates, and unleash their creativity to design gorgeous honey dishes that are perfect for serving apples and honey throughout Rosh Hashanah.
We carry nearly 70 honey dishes on our site, each crafted in the Land of Israel by local designers. Here are our 10 favorites that will ensure you have a sweet new year and a gorgeous Rosh Hashanah table!
This ornate honey dish, designed by Israeli-favorite Dorit Judaica, features a stainless steel plate and a glass bowl at the center, as well as a pomegranate-themed glass spoon for drizzling honey all over your apples. The dish itself is available in three designs: mandala (pictured), ripe pomegranates, and floral pomegranates. Circling the center of the plate is the Hebrew blessing for a sweet new year.
In addition to its utility as a honey dish, this stunning red pomegranate-shaped honey dish is also sure to wow your guests as a centerpiece at your Rosh Hashanah meals. Crafted from ceramic, this unique honey dish is available in two sizes and comes with the spoon and plate pictured.
Tel Aviv-based Laura Cowan is known for making Judaica that is modern and minimalist. This apples & honey serving dish is no exception! Made from hand-pressed polished stainless steel, this sleek serving dish can also be repurposed year-round to serve other dips.
If you've ever toured Jerusalem, you definitely can't forget the shops in the Old City selling handcrafted Armenian ceramics. Bring a piece of the Holy City to your Rosh Hashanah table with this authentic Armenian honey bowl. Both shaped and painted by hand by families who have been in the business for generations, this gorgeous dish features a blue and white floral motif that will add a dash of color and history to your Rosh Hashanah celebration.
Designed by seventh-generation Israeli Dorit Klein, this vibrant set includes a glass serving dish, bowl, and honey dipper. Perfect for placing your apples on, the glass plate is decorated with a pomegranate motif and the Hebrew sayings "A year and blessings will begin" and "May a sweet new year be renewed." This set is sure to bring joy to whomever is lucky enough to be gifted it!
Crafted in his Jerusalem studio, this apple shaped honey dish for Rosh Hashanah is designed by Yair Emanuel, one of Israel's most prominent Judaica artists. The apple is crafted from stainless steel, which is then hammered to give it its elegant look. The apple's stem, as well as the serving spoon, features copper flowers and pomegranates. The inside of the dish includes a removable glass bowl for easy cleaning.
Masterfully crafted from 925 sterling silver, this round honey dish features a polished finish and is decorated around the rim with a cut-out of the Hebrew words SheTechadesh Aleinu Shana Tova Umetuka (May You renew for us a sweet and good year). This designer dish also comes with a polished sterling silver honey spoon, as well as a glass insert that protects the dish from honey and makes it easy to wash after use. This work of art by Bier Judaica is sure to become a family heirloom and will be enjoyed for years to come.
Made from glass, this stylish honey dish is set atop a stainless steel plate that features an intricate pomegranate cut-out design, as well as the Hebrew blessing for a new year. Designed by Dorit Judaica, this elegant honey dish is more than just beauty: its incorporation of both pomegranates and honey is rich with meaning, as pomegranates symbolize blessings and love. Plus, honey and pomegranates are both part of the Seven Species of Israel.
Taste the sweetness of the new year with this elegant honey dish, skillfully crafted in the heart of Jerusalem by local favorite Bier Judaica. Made of 925 sterling silver, the top of the dish is shaped like an apple and includes a stem and leaf motif, while the body of the dish beautifully displays the Hebrew phrase "Shana Tova U'Meteka," the commonly used Rosh Hashanah greeting that means "[Have a] good and sweet new year".
This vibrant rendition of a ripe pomegranate may look like a work of art to you, but it actually doubles as a honey dish for Rosh Hashanah. Designed in Jerusalem by Yair Emanuel, the dish is crafted from aluminum and features a detailed seed motif on one side. While it's perfect to add color and symbolism to your Rosh Hashanah table, this dish can be used year-round, both for serving or simply for decoration.