1. Do you use any good luck charms? What are they and why do you do them?
2. What do you think the reason is for eating an apple dipped in honey?
1. Do you think the special foods on Rosh Hashanah are more akin to anointing kings near the spring or to the candle at the beginning of the year?
2. Which popular Rosh Hashanah food is NOT mentioned in the Talmudic passage above?
The Maharil (c. 1400) isn't satisfied with this reasoning. As he writes in Hilchot Rosh Hashanah, "Are there no sweeter fruits than the apple? It is obvious that the reason for dipping an apple is related to the apple orchard's Kabbalistic connotations, which are alluded to in Bereishit 27:27."
The verse the Maharil refers to is describing Yitzchak's impression of Yakov when Yakov came to him to be blessed:
[Yakov] came close [to Yitzchak] and kissed him, and Yitzchak smelled the scent of Yakov's garments. He blessed him saying, "See that the scent of my son is like that of the orchard with which Hashem has blessed him!" (Bereishit 27:27).