September 30 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
On the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah it is customary to go to a flowing body of water and to recite prayers while “casting” our sins (represented by bread crumbs) into the water. As we read in Micah: “You will cast (Tashlich) all your sins into the depths of the sea” (7:19). By performing Tashlich, we signify our hope that God will overlook our failings during the past year and grant us favor in the year to come.
Any natural body of water can be used: the sea, a river, a lake, spring, or fountain preferably with fish in it. While it is traditional to shake out the hems of one’s clothing to ensure that all “sins” have been disposed of, our Tashlich ceremony involved bringing pieces of bread and casting them into the water. Tashlich ceremonies differ all over the world. The Jews of Kurdistan had a custom to recite the Tashlich prayer near a river and then to jump into the water and swim around. It sounds exciting, but that is not what we intend on doing!
The Tashlich Service will be held at the pond located at Loose Park, 5200 Wornall Road.