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Symbols and Rituals: Tashlich is a Fun, Accessible Ceremony

Symbols and Rituals: Tashlich is a Fun, Accessible Ceremony


During the Rosh Hashanah holiday, many synagogues observe a fun outdoor tradition whose origins go back to the Middle Ages. It’s called Tashlich (pronounced tash-leekh ), which is the Hebrew word for “casting off/throwing off.”

People gather together at a body of flowing water—often a nearby river—and they bring bread crumbs with them in bags. The leader of the ceremony invites everyone to grab a handful of bread crumbs and imagine that the crumbs represent all of our misdeeds over the course of the past year. Then, we’re invited to toss the crumbs into the water, symbolically “casting our sins upon the waters.”

Learn more about Tashlich HERE.

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