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Section: Moadim   Category: Elul-Tishrei
Shela HaKadosh: Simanim - The Secret Is Not In The Recipe

The Shela says that the eating foods that have names that connote good fortune is a waste of time and does not help us at all. So why do we eat the Simanim? In order to say the Yehi Ratzon. Eating the fruit provides us a reminder and a medium with which to daven to Hashem in the beginning of our first meal of the year for things that are important.