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Tashlich

Tashlich

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Tashlich comes from the Hebrew word meaning "to cast," referring to the intent to cast away our sins via this meaningful and ancient Jewish custom. Special verses are recited next to a body of water, such as a sea, river, stream, lake or pond, preferably one that has fish. Upon concluding the verses, the corners of one's clothes are shaken out.

The goal of Tashlich is to cast both our sins and the Heavenly prosecutor (a.k.a. the Satan) into the Heavenly sea. And when we shake our clothes after the Tashlich prayer, this is a tangible act to achieve the spiritual goal of shaking sins from our soul.

Needless to say, the physical motions near the water and fish of Tashlich are not what grant us atonement. But if we pay attention to the symbolism and apply the sincere desire to heal our relationship with G‑d as portrayed in the physical demonstrations of Tashlich, then it serves as a crucial part in the process of repenting and returning to G‑d in purity.

Join in this special ritual at the beautiful Town Pond in East Hampton on Monday, October 3, following Mincha services at 6 PM. (We will meet at shul, and walk to the pond together.)

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