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Beth Israel will perform Rosh Hashanah ritual at Salisbury amphitheater

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The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, is almost upon us. One of the beautiful customs of the holiday is Tashlich, the ritual tossing of our sins in preparation for coming year. 

After the first morning service of Rosh Hashanah, a congregation or family, goes to a body of water to perform the ritual. The water should be moving:  a stream, a river, or even the ocean. These waters are called Mayim Chayim, living waters. 

The Tashlich ceremony consists of a relatively short liturgy and then each person in attendance throws breadcrumbs, symbolizing the sins of the past year, into the water. It is ritual of purification and helps prepare Jews for the New Year.

Beth Israel Congregation of Salisbury will continue its COVID tradition of performing the Tashlich ritual at the River Amphitheater at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 7.

This year, the ritual has even more meaning. The long year of COVID has kept many of us isolated.  Coming together in Jewish community to do a ritual in person will be very powerful. 

COVID has also given many of us a deeper appreciation of nature. Many of us have spent more time outside since the beginning of the pandemic.  We have watched the seasons change in a new way.  We have also gained much solace from the outdoors. 



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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service