At the Water's Edge: A Reading for Tashlikh

Found In: Rosh Hashanah

Tags: tashlikh

On this sacred day
when the old year slips away
and we prepare to meet the year ahead,
we stand at the water’s edge
our pockets lined with dust and bread,
symbols of our shortcomings  and regrets.

Many are the regrets and sorrows
that weigh upon our souls,
let us cast them off into the moving waters
so we may begin anew.

Great is our regret
for the harsh words spoken,
the tender words left unsaid,
for the anger that smoldered,
the compassion withheld,
for our greed and jealousy,
our lack of generosity.
for all that  we could have done,
all that we have left undone.

Many are the regrets and sorrows
that weigh upon our souls,
let us cast them into the moving waters
so we can strive to become
all that we were meant to be.

Great is our remorse
for the energy we spent fighting
instead of trying to make amends,
for the times we could have lent a hand
but kept our hands at our sides,
for the times we looked away from those near and far
who need our help and caring,
when we turned away from the places in the world
in need of repairing.

Many are the regrets and sorrows
that weigh upon our souls
Let us cast them into the moving waters
so we can begin to build bridges
connecting us one to another.