Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Tashlich - to cast away


This time last year I was blogging about apple and honey, the Jewish New Year and my wishes for a sweet and healthy year ahead. In the same blog post I talked about visiting my sister-in-law in her cottage in Wales. I even posted up a photograph of the beautiful view from her front door. This year the apple and honey lay untouched on the plate. On Monday I came home from New Year prayers to the news that my sister-in-law had just passed away. She’d been very ill for a number of years but it still came as an awful shock.

That afternoon my friends from the Synagogue were gathering at a local stream to perform a custom called Tashlich. Tashlich is a Hebrew word that means ‘to cast away’ referring to casting away our sins. Prayers are said and pieces of bread are thrown into the water, each piece representing sins from the previous year. This year I didn’t join them. I was feeling too sad.  

Tashlich is a therapeutic activity and I will do it, in a few days time. My sister-in-law always told me that I shouldn’t worry so much. She sometimes teased me, saying that I was a worry wort, so I’m going to try and do something about it. I'll take myself off to the local river and I'll cast away my worries into the water along with all my sins and all the negative things that have happened this last year so that next year... well... next year is going to be a year full of positive thoughts and positive outcomes... hmmm... I’ll do my best anyway.

Whether you're celebrating your new year now or in a few months time, let's all hope for a good one. Shona Tova.

17 comments:

  1. So sorry to hear this Rosalind. Wishing you long life, and a shana tovah.

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  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law. What a lovely idea Taschich is, and what a beautiful word.

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  3. Apologies - I misspelt it. I realised it immediately my comment came up, but don't think I can go back in.

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  4. I'm so sorry for your loss. Best wishes for a happy, and healing, new year.

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  5. I'm very sorry for your loss, Rosalind. Take care. *hugs*

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  6. I'm sorry to hear of your loss.
    Taschich sounds like a very good way to handle changes. I hope it brings you comfort.

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  7. May your mourning turn, in time, to dancing and your sorrow to joy.

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  8. It sounds like a very good tradition.

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  9. May your new year be blessed with happier luck, Ros. Let friends help carry your burdens and hold your hand as you step forward. Sending you love.

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  10. So sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderfully soothing custom Tashlich sounds.

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  11. These are sad days. You will look after yourself as best you can - and find ways to do your religious things in the way that means most to you. Do hope you all find some comfort soon.

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  12. I'm so very sorry for your loss, Rosalind. You have so many wonderful memories to treasure - I hope they help you at least a little bit.

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  13. I'm so sorry about your sister-in-law Rosalind. Hope that spending time with your family during the High Holidays will help you get through this difficult time. Julie

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  14. Sorry to hear about your sister in law Rosalind I hope you find comfort in your memories of her. What a lovely idea casting bread upon water to cast your worries and sins away.

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  15. Dear Ros .. I am sorry to read this - I know as families you were so close - my thoughts for you all. The Tashlich ceremony sounds lovely - such a peaceful way to just be ..

    Many thoughts to you both and the whole family ... with hugs Hilary

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