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Halacha (Kitzur) brings that besides for the Simanim (symbolic foods) mentioned in the Gemara Horiyas and Shulchan Aruch you can Make your own according to the Language of the Country you live in, this had lead to some creative stuff lets see some original Ideas for the Yehi Ratzons and symbolic foods (the example in the Kitzur brings carrots(Meren) which in Yiddish the language of his country also means to inrease)?

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Don't forget Dates for dates...

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Assuming you're single! (Or "date night" with your spouse?) –  Shalom Sep 16 '10 at 20:42

I have heard Raisin and celery for a raise in salary and Sardines To be saar (remove) the din Ice Scream for a good new year

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In the spirit of "Kawl HaOmer Davar Bishem Amro", Rav Moshe Heineman came up with the siman "Lettuce, half a raisin, celery"="Let us have a raise in salary."

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I knew that went around, but never heard it in R' Heinemann's name ... –  Shalom Sep 8 '10 at 18:23
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I grew up in Baltimore and it was common knowledge (through his children) that he did this siman at his table on Rosh HaShanah. –  Yahu Sep 8 '10 at 22:10

I am working on one for apples that would be in the pun (rather than sensory) category. Perhaps י

יהי רצון שלא יפיחו חמס נגדינו

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May it be Your will that You apply mercy to us in judgement. –  Isaac Moses Sep 8 '10 at 18:20
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"Yehi ratzon shetasim aleinu rachamim badin." No less intelligible than "sheyirbu zechuyoteinu" with a carrot is for Yiddish speakers. –  Isaac Moses Sep 8 '10 at 18:26
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Or, how about: יהי רצון שתיפח עצמן של שונאינו? –  Alex Sep 8 '10 at 19:24

Two I used for the first time this year:

  • Over apple cider: "Yehi ratzon ... sheta'azreinu leSADER et chayyeinu." - "May it be the Will of God ... that You help us order our lives."

  • Over papaya: "Yehi ratzo ... sheteracheim 'aleinu keracheim AV 'al banim." - "May it be the Will of God ... that You have mercy on us as a FATHER has mercy on his children."

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Lishana haba'a byrushalayim habBeera!

לשנה הבאה בירושלים הבירה

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Pomegranate - Sh'itpotzetzu soneinu kerimon.

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I came up with Schnitzel a few years ago, as in שניצל מכל אויבנו. I just heard this week that Belzer Hassidim eat Sardines on Rosh HaShanah night as a siman for סר דין which means "removal of din".

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