On Rosh Hashana afternoon it is customary to do the Tashlich ceremony.
In the biblical book of Micah (7:18-19) it says:
is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression
for the remnant of his inheritance? . . . You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea."
"You will cast" in Hebrew is the verb tashlich.
The Jerusalem region has no sea or lake or river.
I am lucky to live a short walk from a spring-fed fish pond.
I read the prayer
and then took the symbolic bread crumbs from my pocket.
I named a
personal sin and threw a crumb in the water, named a national sin and
threw another, a private sin of omission and tossed more bread.
The fish had a feeding frenzy!
Part of the symbolism is that a fish has no eyelids and cannot close its eyes, and so too may God
always keep his eyes open watching over us.
You can see the nice Tashlich prayer here.
Shava tova -- let the new year be a good one.
UPDATE: The newspapers now have photos of where Israelis like to go for Tashlich .
And Israelity has pictures of the rivers.