Tashlikh, meaning “cast away,” is a ritual performed on Rosh HaShanah as a physical reminder of the human effort to cast away one’s sins. By casting crumbs of bread into the water and reciting the verse from Micah– “cast all our sins into the ocean’s depths”– we state our intention to return to our true selves. For many Jews, Rosh HaShanah is a time for reciting many words. Through Tashlikh, we use our bodies and actions to do the work of return. Although the rabbinic authorities originally objected to this ritual, Jews stubbornly performed it until it became a “traditional” part of the holiday.
Tashlikh can be a time for women to gather in a safe environment, consider their lives together, and examine the ways of their community. How have we grown as individuals and as women? How have we fallen short? How have the larger Jewish and secular communities supported us? How have they failed us? This ceremony, designed by the Ma’yan staff, gives women a place to be open about the truths of their lives and to share deeply with one another.
Tashlikh should be performed near a body of water so that the ritual of casting away can be performed. If you have no body of water, use a large bowl or bucket.