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"For many Jews, Rosh Hashana is a time for reciting many words," she said. "Through Tashlich, we use our bodies and actions to do the work of return."
Then, one by one Thursday afternoon, more than two dozen members of Temple Beth El lifted their hands and tossed bread crumbs into Mill Creek as it flowed through downtown Bakersfield.
Ultimately, Rosh Hashana leads to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. It begins next Friday at sundown.
"It's very evocative," she said. "You have something in your hand and you see it as you cast it onto the water."
"Because the fishes won't tell your secrets," she said, laughing. "Birds can talk."
few bread crumbs escape their notice.
By casting our sins into the depths, she told those gathered at the downtown park, we state our intention to return to our true selves.
One mom noted that her kids couldn't think of anything sinful they had done over the past year. She laughed, saying she had little difficulty providing them with a few suggestions.
But Jews continued to perform the ritual as with Thursday's gathering, on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year until it became a traditional part of the holiday.
Connie Wellman, who said she comes every year to Tashlich, smiled as she explained why it's better to throw bread crumbs toward the fishes rather than the birds.
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According to the traditions of the centuries old ritual of Tashlich, they also cast away their transgressions, sloughed off the weight of sins committed over the past year.
"I think of times during the past year when I missed the mark, when I fell short in my actions," she said. "Each year we have a chance to start over."
Still, for the children at Thursday's gathering, the squabbling ducks were pure entertainment. At the same time, the concept of physically tossing away one's sins may have been harder to grasp for the youngest among them.
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But as anyone who has been to Mill Creek knows, the ducks appear to outnumber the fish and Fendi Iphone Case Fur
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But for longtime congregant Marsha Parr, the ritual is one her favorite parts of the new year's observance.
Temple Beth El member Peggie Soltis walked a few yards away from the main group and paused for a few minutes at creekside before throwing small clumps of bread into the lazy current.
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