Onik Leikach – Honey Cake

Another honey cake, this time my own family recipe. Enjoy, Beautiful People, and have a swett and healthy year!


Honey cakes are traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashana. Onik is Yiddish for honey, and Leikach  is most probably derived from German leck – lick, as in “licking the honey.” That’s easy. We use honey all over the place on Rosh Hashana in order to have a sweet year; we even wish each other “a zis yor” – a sweet year.  But where did all these honey customs come from? Surely, they had sugar in ancient Israel, didn’t they? Actually, they didn’t, and honey was the only known sweetener.


The taste of manna, the miraculous food that sustained Jews in the dessert for 40 years, is described in the Torah as “wafers that had been made with honey.” Therefore, all this honey on Rosh Hashana is supposed to remind us that all our sustenance is in His hand. And the bees themselves, if you think about them, are…

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. theseniorclaycrafter says:

    Such a beautiful tradition!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mary!


  2. spearfruit says:

    Those honey cakes sure look delicious and actually look pretty healthy for me to eat. I have such a sweet tooth and lack a lot of will power when it comes to sweets.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Gary! They really are healthy, as are most of my recipes. I try!


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