Sunday, October 2, 2011


Hard to believe that this is the third time I’ve been able to do Tashlikh with Debra.
What a blessing!

Tashlikh (Hebrew: תשליך‎, meaning "casting off") is a long-standing Jewish practice usually performed on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, however it can be said up until Hoshana Rabbah. The previous year's sins are symbolically "cast off" by reciting a section from Micah that makes allusions to the symbolic casting off of sins, into a large, natural body of flowing water (such as a river, lake, sea or ocean).

The name "Tashlikh" and the practice itself are derived from the Biblical passage (Micah 7:18-20) recited at the ceremony: "You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."

We went this year to a lake Debra had found a few weeks ago, a beautiful place near her temporary home.

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I had a lot to pray for,my health, David going to college, Phil’s work. It is such a wonderful feeling to cast off your worries, your regrets, your sins for the year.

Three ducks joined us.

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The most amazing thing ,though, was to see an Osprey dive into the lake and come back up with a fish in his talons.

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Not a good photo but he was far away, the day was dark,and the wind was up. I was just thrilled to get it at all and to see him.

What a gift!

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