Tashlich means “casting off.” During this season of confronting our sins and making commitments to change for the better, we cast off the behaviors that we want to leave behind as we move into a new year. The ritual of tashlich takes that quite literally as we throw bread crumbs into the water to carry our sins away.
Tashlich was inspired by a verse from Micah which reads, “God will take us back in love/God will cover up our iniquities/God will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19) Though we won’t be able to gather together for the ritual this year, we invite you to find a body of water, and do tashlich on your own.
Use the songs and readings above to help prepare, and take some time to reflect on what you’re hoping to cast away in the new year. You can share what you are casting away with others out loud, or hold it in your heart as you throw bread crumbs into the water. Though tashlich is traditionally performed with breadcrumbs, feel free to use natural materials to avoid disrupting the water system (small rocks, leaves, seashells, natural wood chips.)
Wishing you a meaningful tashlich experience this year!
Temple Sinai Teens will gather on Saturday, September 19 at 4:30p to reflect on the year with a ZOOM Tashlich, our customary atonement ritual performed during the High Holy Days. All 8th-12th grade teens welcome. Register here. Once registered you will receive the Zoom link for the event as well as instructions on how we are getting you the necessary Tashlich tools!
If you have any questions about this program please contact Emily Halpern at firstname.lastname@example.org.