Symbolically, pomegranate represents fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, prosperity and wisdom. In addition, it is a symbol of righteousness because it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds with the 613 commandments of the Old Testament. Out of the 613, there are 248 positive commandments such as To bless G-d after eating and 365 negative commandments, such as not to eating milk and meat together
It is known that pomegranates are mainly grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India but originated in Iran. Pomegranates have always been highly praised for their flavor, but their recent emergence as a highly nutritious food enriched with antioxidant vitamins, has made them even more popular.
The cuisine at Pomegranate Restaurant is not known for its Mediterranean seasoning, but known for its subtle flavors developed with herbs, onion, garlic, peppers and many vegetables. The principal spices used are cumin, coriander, turmeric, pepper, and a light touch of hot chili. Meat and poultry Kebabs and Steaks are used to enrich and accompany the dish.
In 1793, Rabbi Yosef Maimon, a Sephardic Jew from Morocco, and well known Kabbalist in Safed, traveled to Bukhara and found the local Jews living in deplorable conditions. Rabbi Maimon was disappointed to see so many Jews lacking basic knowledge and observance of their religious customs and Jewish law. He became their spiritual leader, attempting to educate and revive the Jewish community’s observance and faith in Judaism. He changed their traditional Persian tradition to Sephardic Jewish tradition. Through Rabbi Maimon’s efforts and an influx of Jews from the Middle East, the Bukharian communities were saved from extinction.
In the middle of the 19th century, Bukharian Jews began to settle in the land of Israel. When Bukhara fell under Soviet control in 1917, persecutions of the Jewish community again reached staggering proportions. Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s, thousands of Bukharian Jews fled to pre-state Israel. World War II and the Holocaust brought a lot of Ashkenazi Jewish refugees from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to Uzbekistan. Starting in 1972, one of the largest Bukharian Jewish emigrations in history occurred as the Jews of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan emigrated to Israel and the United States. In the late 1980s to the early 1990s, almost all of the remaining Bukharian Jews left Central Asia for the United States, Israel, Europe, or Australia in the last mass emigration of Bukharian Jews from their native lands.