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Section: Halacha   Category: Tshuvos
What Do You Do If You Don't Like The Taste Of The Simanim?

On Rosh Hashanah we eat the simanin they include Fenugreek, Leek, Beets, Dates, Gourd, Fish Head, Pomegranate etc. What happens if you can't eat one because of health reasons or because they are difficult to clean from bugs? Need you give up your Segula for the year?

The source for these simanim is found in two gemaros. In Horiyos 12a it says that on Rosh HaShanah you should look at the simanim and in Kerisus 6a it says you should eat them. So do you look or eat? The Chidushei Hagahos says that the segula is to look at them, but since if one is blind they cannot do so, then they should eat it. The Kaf HaChaim says therefore if you cannot eat them you should at least look at them and say the Yehi Ratzon in accordance with the gemara in Horiyos.

The Piskei Teshuvos brings from the Kitzur Hilchos HaMoadim that even if you cannot obtain these fruits you may say the Yehi Ratzon without Hashem's name since it is only a Tefila.

Important Note: We bring this tshuvah as a starting point for discussion and not to convey any halacha. We try to convey the Tshuva to the best of our ability. We admit that our understanding may not be accurate. One should learn the tshuva to verify the accuracy of our interpretation. Please understand that this Tshuva may not be the final word on this topic. One should consult a Rav before drawing any conclusions.