Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tashlich

Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year) starts tomorrow night and I will be in USA so our family did Tashlich today.

It was awesome to be able to cast away our sins from the prior year into the ocean (see little white spots in picture below.) Husband looked handsome in his swim trunks saying prayers from our white Tanach. We each took turns tossing a bread crumb into the sea while saying what we are sorry for that we may have done in the last year. Youngest Son said "I am sorry for knocking over your army men this morning."

And You will cast into the depths of the sea all their sins; You will show kindness to Yaakov and mercy to Avraham, As You did promise to our fathers of old." Book of Michah (Micah) 7:18-20
Tashlich is preferably recited alongside a body of water containing fish, to remind us that just as fish are protected by the water in which they live, we pray to be protected by G-d. Also, just as fish swim freely and can suddenly be caught in a net, so too we can just as helplessly fall into the net of sin. And even as the eyes of fish are always open, so do we pray that G-d too will keep vigilant watch over his people.

Another special Mexico memory.

4 comments:

Steve Cotton said...

I appreciate you sharing your life of faith -- especially these very special moments -- with us. It reminds me that I should do the same; it reflects who we are and who we would like to be.

jillian said...

beautiful. I'm a little tearful. sigh.

sarah said...

Beautiful, and very moving. Thanks so much for sharing. May you return to your family soon, too. Peace.

American Mommy in Mexico said...

S - Judiasm has been good to me and it has such beautiful ways to celebrate as a family.

J and S - It is nice to share the happy and special moments ...