Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tashlich

 

It is time
to go to the water,
place of all beginnings,
sustainer of all life, embracing many worlds,
place of transformation.
She flows through the earth, through your body,
renewer, restorer.

And there, at water's side,
your soul calls yet again upon the name of God

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This is the fourth year that Debra and I have done Tashlich together. I am so blessed that she allows me to do this with her.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with Tashlich, it is the ritual that many Jews observe during Rosh HaShanah. "Tashlich" means "casting off" in Hebrew and involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water. Just as the water carries away the bits of bread, so too are sins symbolically carried away. In this way the participant hopes to start the New Year with a clean slate,

The Origin of Tashlich

Tashlich originated during the Middle Ages and was inspired by a verse uttered by the prophet Micah:

God will take us back in love;
God will cover up our iniquites,
You [God] will hurl all our sins
Into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:19)

As the custom evolved it became tradition to go to a river and symbolically cast your sins into the water.

We went to Cucumber Falls this year.

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Debra looks so pretty

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It was a beautiful fall day.

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Books I’ve been reading

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