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Tashlich Humor

On the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, there is a ceremony called Tashlich. Traditionally people go to the ocean, stream or river to pray and throw bread crumbs into the water.

The scripture says,

Who is a God like you, pardoning the sin and overlooking the crimes of the remnant of his heritage? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in grace. He will again have compassion on us, he will subdue our iniquities, You will throw all their sins into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:18, 19).

Symbolically, the fish devour the sins.

Occasionally, people ask what kind of bread crumbs should be thrown.

Here are suggestions for breads which may be most appropriate for specific sins and misbehaviors:

Tashlich Humor

Type Of Sin

Type Of Bread

For ordinary sins White Bread
For dark sins Pumpernickel
For complex sins Multigrain
For twisted sins Pretzels
For tasteless sins Rice Cakes
For sins of indecision Waffles
For sins committed in haste Matzah
For sins of chutzpah Fresh Bread
For substance abuse Stoned Wheat
For use of heavy drugs Poppy Seed
For petty larceny Stollen
For committing auto theft Caraway
For timidity/cowardice Milk Toast
For ill-temperedness Sourdough
For silliness, eccentricity Nut Bread
For not giving full value Shortbread
For chauvinism Yankee Doodles
For excessive irony Rye Bread
For unnecessary chances Hero Bread
For war-mongering Kaiser Rolls
For causing injury to others Tortes
For being holier than thou Bagels
For abrasiveness Grits
Dropping in without notice Popovers
For overeating Stuffing
For impetuosity Quick Bread
Raising your voice too often Challah
For pride and egotism Puff Pastry
For laziness A long loaf
For trashing the environment Dumplings
For telling puns Corn Bread


Learn more about the holiday of Rosh Hashana.


Messianic Times September/October 2008

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