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Why Jews dip apples in honey on Rosh Hashanah and why vegans say the custom is a problem


September 18, 2020

NEW YORK (JTA) - The truth is, there is no commandment in Judaism to dip an apple in honey on Rosh Hashanah. But what would the Jewish New Year be without the custom?

It's a question that bedevils vegans, many of whom won't eat honey because it's an animal product.

So what's a mock chopped liver/seitan brisket/vegetarian stuffed cabbage kind of Jew to do?

Jeffrey Cohan, the executive director of Jewish Veg, explains all the ways that honey production is problematic. In order to produce as much honey as possible, many honey producers manipulate the bees' natural living patterns, including...

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