People have fallen for Rick. Well, his recipe, at least.

Rick (my siblings and I call him Dad) is a great guy, for sure. Anyone who knows him will tell you that he cares whole-heartedly about his wife, daughters, family, Judaism, good business, Israel, philanthropy and health. He teaches about business ethics and investing in Israel, donates time and money, goes to minyan (prayer service) every day and always maintains shalom bayit (peace in the house).

He’s an avid cyclist, practices yoga, runs a bit and eats right. He never passes up a good dish, and he knows that if he exercises, he can eat more.

Rick's recipe on peaches

Rick’s recipe on peaches

Rick is a man of math; his brain works well in ratios. So, it was really no wonder that he perfected our most popular, and easiest, recipe. Rick’s Recipe for Tehina and Honey: mix two parts tehina to one part honey.

Our dad likes making this mixture, and everyone loves eating it. If you stopped by our table at The Shuk (market) at the [email protected] festival in June, we were handing out two kinds of samples. One was Soom Foods tehina plain, the other, mixed with honey. You may even have been among the lucky ones who heard Dad proudly explain, “And this one is Rick’s Recipe…I’m Rick.”

Tehina and honey has a history, and it is as healthy as it is delicious.

Sayer Ji, founder of the health resource website, writes about the 10 health benefits of sesame: “Its history as a medicine goes back 3600 years to Egyptian times where it was listed in the scrolls of the Ebers as a favored medicine. Also, women in ancient Babylon were believed to use a mixture of honey and sesame seeds to prolong youth and beauty, and Roman soldiers ate the mixture for strength and energy.”

On Rosh Hashanah, many of us eat apples with honey as a way to express our hope for a sweet new year. Traditionally, there are other symbolic foods also eaten during the holiday. For example, the round challah represents the hope for the cycle of life to continue, and pomegranates signify our intentions for a plentiful amount of good deeds. (I wonder what our Bubbee’s noodle kugel represents!)

This year, I’ll be eating Rick’s Recipe on a piece of challah, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds.  So why not join me and eat something to express hope for good health, youth, beauty, strength and energy on Rosh Hashanah? It’s part of a start for a sweet and healthy new year.