May your new year be as full of mitzvot as a paper pomegranate!
Long before “simanim” were trendy, when I was growing up we always had a “Rosh Hashanah seder,” complete with apples and honey, pomegranates, dates, black eyed peas, spinach, leeks and of course fish heads. We recited a yehi ratzon before eating each siman, read from the small, cracking black siddur that my grandfather brought for my father from Yerushalayim when he was a young boy. We would run away to hide when the smelly fish head was brought out! When I was in collage, I designed a simanim booklet to supplement the siddur, so everyone could have the words in front of them. So to me, the simanim of Rosh Hashanah are a crucial part of my holiday.
The yehi ratzon we recited on the pomegranate is “she’yirbu zichuyot ka’rimon,” that our merits should increase and be as plentiful as the seeds in a pomegranate. We decided to illustrate this idea by creating a pomegranate full of mitzvot. My eight year old decided to draw pictures illustrating teshuva, tefillah and tzedakah, the three components that can erase a bad decree, which we work especially hard on during these days of Elul leading up to Rosh Hashanah. Of course you can use any mitzvah that appeals to you (or that you find easy to illustrate!) May we all merit a year full of mitzvot!
Looking for more Rosh Hashanah projects?
Pop-up Apple Place Cards for Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah Paper Fortune Cookies
A Pomegranate Full of Mitzvot
Active: 15-20 minutes
Drying: No need to wait for the glue to dry before coloring.
Something round to trace
Cut the shape of a large pomegranate out of the red paper. Trace three circles within the pomegranate. Cut out the circles most of the way, but leave one side attached to create a flap.
Glue a piece of white paper to the back of the pomegranate, being careful not to glue down the flaps. Trim the white paper so it can’t be seen from the front.
Inside each flap, draw a picture of a mitzvah, or print out and glue them on.
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