Discover Rosh Hashanah: Discover Tashlich

Tashlich is a Rosh Hashanah Ritual designed to represent the casting away of sins in preparation for the upcoming holiday of Yom Kippur. It is performed by taking a handful of bread crumbs, performing a prayer, and casting the crumbs into a flowing body of water, like a river or creek. The bread crumbs represent the sins, and the flowing body of water is designed to transport them far away from where we are…compounded by the symbolic idea of water being a sign of cleanliness. According to the Chabad film “Joey Aquatic Adventure”, one reason why we perform Tashlich each year is, as mentioned before, to symbolically cast away sins. Another reason is to remember the kings of Ancient Israel, who were crowned near rivers, though, in this case, it is G-d being re-crowned as king. A third reason is that running water is supposed to contain fish, who always sleep with their eyes open, which is supposed to be symbolic of how G-d is always watching everyone. One thing that I’ll work on casting away in the upcoming year is my difficulty in moving on from past faults. The last year I’ve denied myself a few key opportunities because I was too concerned with thinking about the past to improve my future. It isn’t going to be easy, but by taking an active approach, I hope that I can improve things for myself over time.

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Michael Ashery

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