A pomegranate is said to have 613 seeds. This number corresponds to the number of mitzvot, or types of good deeds, that Jews as a society must perform. A pomegranate on the holiday table announces to the heavenly court that as many seeds as there are, that's how many good deeds have been performed over the year.

© Miriam Chaiken
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Other foods:
Apples and Honey , Hallah, Fish

Other traditions: Tzedakah , Tashlich