Casting Off Our Misdeeds

09-Sep-21
Rabbi Eli Gewirtz
ROSH HASHANAH – Taschlicht

Here’s a program from our archives.
ambience: Shofar

This week, as the shofar, the ram’s horn, is sounding in synagogues all over the world, Rosh Hashanah,the Jewish New Year, is being celebrated. Traditionally, the observance of the holiday includes the custom of symbolically casting off the spiritual debris of the previous years’ misdeeds. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Gewirtz: There’s an ancient Rosh Hashanah custom known as Taschlicht, which means casting away, where we go to a body of water, preferably one that has fish inside, recite various mystical prayers and symbolically shake our garments as if emptying the crumbs in our pockets into the sea.

Rabbi Eli Gewirtz is the National Director of Partners in Torah.

Gewirtz: We know that clothing represents what covers up our essence. It’s relatively simple to clean clothing–some crumbs we have to get rid of. When we stray from the path of the creator, we need to shake our facade somewhat, our clothing, to rid ourselves of those crumbs which make us unattractive and distant from God. We throw our spiritual crumbs into a body of water with fish inside to say that although we have sinned we don’t want our mistakes to be wasted. Just as there will be some benefit when the fish eat up those crumbs, we too hope to benefit by way of learning and growing from our past misdeeds so that we’ll become an even better person than we were before we had sinned.

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We’ve been listening to a program from our archives. If you want to hear more, check out our podcast. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Casting Off Our Misdeeds

This ancient Jewish New Year's tradition is an exercise in shedding the spiritual debris of the past year.
Air Date:09/09/2021
Scientist:Rabbi Eli Gewirtz
Transcript:

09-Sep-21 Rabbi Eli Gewirtz ROSH HASHANAH - Taschlicht Here's a program from our archives. ambience: Shofar This week, as the shofar, the ram's horn, is sounding in synagogues all over the world, Rosh Hashanah,the Jewish New Year, is being celebrated. Traditionally, the observance of the holiday includes the custom of symbolically casting off the spiritual debris of the previous years' misdeeds. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Gewirtz: There's an ancient Rosh Hashanah custom known as Taschlicht, which means casting away, where we go to a body of water, preferably one that has fish inside, recite various mystical prayers and symbolically shake our garments as if emptying the crumbs in our pockets into the sea. Rabbi Eli Gewirtz is the National Director of Partners in Torah. Gewirtz: We know that clothing represents what covers up our essence. It's relatively simple to clean clothing--some crumbs we have to get rid of. When we stray from the path of the creator, we need to shake our facade somewhat, our clothing, to rid ourselves of those crumbs which make us unattractive and distant from God. We throw our spiritual crumbs into a body of water with fish inside to say that although we have sinned we don't want our mistakes to be wasted. Just as there will be some benefit when the fish eat up those crumbs, we too hope to benefit by way of learning and growing from our past misdeeds so that we'll become an even better person than we were before we had sinned. If you have a question about this or any of the other programs in our series, we'd like to hear from you. Our email address is pulse@igc.org. That's pulse@igc.org. We've been listening to a program from our archives. If you want to hear more, check out our podcast. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.