Tashlich

Geeking Out On Rosh HaShanah

A list of 5 obscure -- and underrated -- customs.

09/17/2014
Editorial Intern
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Dipping an apple in honey is always yummy, and everyone’s heard of the shofar blasts. But the Jewish New Year is also the time to enjoy some slightly more obscure customs that observers of the festival might want to incorporate into their holiday experience. Here, our geeky list.

Fish heads for Rosh HaShanah are a custom more honored in the breach than the observance, these days. Fotolia

Bread and Water

The ritual of Tashlich brings together all kinds of Jews and all kinds of sins.

Special to the Jewish Week
09/08/2010

It’s a glorious late summer/early fall evening in Riverside Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The setting sun smiles like in a 6-year-old’s art-work, dappling the surface of the lazily flowing Hudson. Cottony clouds slowly turn crimson. And the park promenade is thronged four and five deep—with Jews.

Tashlich, Šiauliai, 1930s. FROM THE ARCHIVES OF THE YIVO INSTITUTE FOR JEWISH RESEARCH, NEW YORK.
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