Tashlich must be one of my favorite (I know…I have lots of favorites) things to do between Rosh Hashana (the Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur. Not only the kids get super excited to go to the lake/rive/ or in this year’s case the reservoir, but also I get to get rid of all the steal bread!
Fine, the real reason I love Tashlich is because after I do it I feel like I lost about 5 pounds…here we go again! However, this time I didn’t have to eat clean at all! All kidding aside, nothing feels better than charging a piece of bread with all the not-so-nice stuff (yep, sins) I have done during the year and literally detach myself from all that darkness while tossing it into the water for the fish to eat away…sounds kind of weird now that I think about it…I wonder what the other people standing next to us at the reservoir were thinking about us…oh well…
The truth is that Tashlich is the perfect time to think about those nasty things we have done and to “divorce” ourselves from them. We toss them in the water, in the form of bread, and hope the fish eat them. Fish do not have eyelids; hence they never close their eyes. I know this is going to sound even weirder, but this symbolizes how G-d is always in the look out for us; protecting us all the time. Fish are also incredibly susceptible to fall pray of the net of the fisherman…just as we are susceptible to be caught in the net of judgment. Tashlich makes us aware of our mistakes and rethink our deeds. Tahslich recharges my “be a good girl” batteries and gives me hope that I can always repent for the things that I have done wrong.
Wishing you all a Gemar Chatima Tova and an easy and meaningful fast of Yom Kipppur!