Tashlich and water

Gathering for Tashlich under Table Mountain

On the 10th of September, Temple Israel braved the weather on Hout Bay beach and joined Tikkun HaYam’s global Jewish beach clean up. Tashlich involves symbolically casting away our sins into a body of water, but during Reverse Tashlich, instead of casting away our sins, we come together to remove harmful pollutants from the water, fostering a sense of responsibility for the environment. This practice combines the spiritual reflection and renewal associated with Tashlich with the tangible act of environmental conservation. 

​A week later, Tashlich was held in the centre of town at the Molteno Reservoir, with Table Mountain and Lion’s Head as the backdrop providing a dramatic setting for doing the work of letting go. Rosh Hashanah is a period of self-introspection, and Tashlich requires that you review your behaviour over the last year before you can cast away your sins. This year, standing next to the reservoir that provides many in the city with drinking water, we were aware, not just of the work that we need to do individually, but also as a city in making sure that everyone has access to water.

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