Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach: Don't Rush To Dip Your Apple In The Honey

Since the fruit we eat for simanim on Rosh HaShana night needs a separate Bracha, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach reminds us that we should make a Borei Pri HaEtz on the Date first since it is from the Sheva Minim and has priority over the apple and even the pomegranate according to the proper order of Brachos. If you feel the you need to dip the apple in the honey right away, then you should leave the date and pomegranate off the table until after you have made the bracha.

On the simanim that need a Bracha of Borei Pri Ha'Adama, Rav Shlomo Zalman says you should make the bracha on the Gourd because it is not clear if black eyed peas or leek require making a bracha during a meal or if they are exempt with the bracha of HaMotzi. Rav Moshe Shternbuch argues and says that even gourd may not need a separate bracha. The Dinei HaMoadim advises to eat a banana, strawberry, or watermelon which certainly requires a separate bracha and avoiding any problems.

Important Note: We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. Please also understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.