This beautiful ritual allows us to symbolically cast our sins away by throwing pieces of bread into a natural body of water; the name of this ritual itself means “cast away” and is derived from a line from the prophet Micah.
While most commonly done on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, this ritual can be done anytime during the High Holy Day season, all the way up until Hoshanah Rabbah.
Selections from Psalms are traditionally recited while performing this ritual, along with private reflection and personal prayer.
The spiritual significance of water plays a role in the origins of this ritual as well; water is both symbolic of the creation of the world and the location of revelation of many of the biblical prophets.
Don’t live near a body of water? You can still perform this ritual! It is permitted to use a puddle, melted ice, or even a running fire hydrant!