One of the most famous and favored customs we Jews perform during the Rosh Hashana holiday dinner is to dip an apple into honey as an expression of our hopes for a sweet new year. Why, though, do we specifically choose an apple for this ritual and not any other sweet fruit that could as easily serve this purpose? What is the deeper symbolism of the apple and what message does it impart to us on the awesome Day of Judgment?
We dip the apple in honey with the hope and prayer that Hashem will accept our service and open our hearts to the sweetness of drawing close to Him on this holiest of days, and throughout the coming year.
Naturally, angels of G-d immediately respond to any Divine mandate without the need to understand its underlying rationale. They have complete faith in the perfect goodness of Hashem’s dictates. Theirs is not to question why.
The Sadducee exclaimed with revulsion, “What an impetuous nation you are; your mouths precede your ears” (i.e., you proclaimed at Sinai, “We will do and we will hear”). “You still retain your impetuousness!”
This is the purest form of pleasure a human can achieve.