During the New Year holiday each fall, sweet is the byword, indicating wishes for a sweet year: apple slices dipped in honey are nibbled, and ruby-red pomegranate seeds decorate salads and are eaten with the hope that good deeds performed in the coming year will be as plentiful as the seeds of this fruit. Plump dates hang in bunches at markets; Sephardic Jews end the holiday meal with them. Bakeries and restaurants feature dark-honey cake enhanced with ginger and cinnamon.
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