Cut open a pomegranate. Hundreds of juice sacs form a nearly perfect star, red as blood. Little wonder it is celebrated in myth and ritual by all ancient peoples—Chinese, Greeks, as well as Jews—as a symbol of fertility and abundance.
On Rosh Hashanah, Jews often eat the pomegranate, one of the miperi ha-eretz, seven choice fruits of ancient Israel, in fulfillment of the commandment to eat a fruit not yet sampled this season. For, according to Kabbalistic tradition, the pomegranate