The Whidbey Island Jewish Community invites everyone to take part in Tashlich on Sunday, September 20th at Posession Beach Park at 2:00 p.m.
Tashlich, which originated in the Middle Ages, comes from the Hebrew phrase for casting off. This Rosh Hashana custom is referenced in a verse spoken from the prophet Micah which includes the phrase “ You shall cast all your sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). The first known mention of this custom is located in Nehemiah 8:1 where it states that “all the Jews gathered as one in the street that is in front of the gate of water”. According to Shulchan Aruch (Code of Jewish Law) since “the deeps of the sea saw the genesis of Creation: to throw bread into the sea on New Year’s Day, the anniversary of creation, is an appropriate tribute to the Creator (Torat ha’ Olah 3:56).
There will be a short presentation on the meaning of tashlich and the associated prayer, time for private reflection, and the opportunity for community members to sound the shofar.
While this event is being held on the South End, WIJC would like to make the community shofar available to any member who wishes to use it during the holiday season. WIJC has been gifted a lovely shofar as a token of outreach and those that wish to use it sometime other than at tashlich should contact firstname.lastname@example.org