Prayer Services of Rosh Hashanah
The unique New Year prayers vividly recall the major themes of the holiday.
Although not officially a part of the synagogue service, an additional custom developed in medieval times called Tashlikh, which means “casting out.” On the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, Jews gather by a body of water, recite special verses and then throw crumbs of bread into the water in a symbolic gesture of casting off their sins. Perhaps in an echo of the scapegoat ceremony, the fish are expected to eat the sin-crumbs and bear them away. Whenever the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls on a Sabbath, the Tashlikh ceremony is performed on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.
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