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1] I don't think Rashi means that the moon exclusively ripens those fruits, just that it contributes. 2]The second pshat implies that there are some crops that grow in a thirty day cycle, so presumably if they were planted on Rosh Chodesh they would ripen around the next Rosh Chodesh. An example would be אספסתא, which Rashi to Maseches Bava Basra says ripens ...


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I haven't yet found any poskim on the issues, but at least as a starting point, on the Chabad website here it writes: There is a common practice to eat a pomegranate on Rosh Hashanah, as its abundant seeds symbolize our hopes that we will come before G‑d with abundant merits. Interestingly, the Ben Ish Chai (Rav Yosef Chaim of Baghdad, 1833-1909) writes ...


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