Tashlich: What Is The Importance Of Casting Bread Upon The Water?

Posted September 20th, 2012 in Biblical Feasts and tagged , , , , , , , , by Just para-DOX

“He will again have compassion on us. He will tread our iniquities under foot; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19).

“All the people gathered themselves together as one man into the broad place that was before the water gate;” (Nehemiah 8:1a). This gathering is said to be on Rosh Hashanah.

“Cast your bread on the waters;” (Ecclesiastes 11:1a).

Painting of Hasidic Jews performing tashlikh (...

Painting of Hasidic Jews performing tashlikh (ritual washing away of sins) on Rosh Hashanah, placed on the banks of the Vistula River in Warsaw. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tashlich comes from the Hebrew word “to cast,” as in Adonai “cast away” our sins into the sea of forgetfulness. There are many odd Mitzvot (commands) in the Tanakh and yet Jewish people find ways to fulfill them from shewing a mother bird away from its nest before taking the egg, etcetera. Casting your bread upon the waters (or living [ala moving] water, a fresh river) is one of those. This is done from the First day of Rosh Hashanah to the day before the last day of Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabba. Usually it is customarily done on the second day of Rosh Hashanah. In Jewish tradition a King is coronated next to a river on Rosh Hashanah Adonai is coronated as our King. A stormy sea was believed to be a portal to the underworld. Yeshua walked on the water symbolizing His dominion over the underworld. When Yeshua calmed the storm the disciples said “what manner of man is this” because He had authority of satan’s domain. Fish also swam in the waters and were not troubled therefore they were believed to be immune to the evil one. Fish do not have eyelids, so there eyes are always open and thus they are not subject to the evil eye. Bread is related to deliverance. The Children’s Bread is deliverance. Yeshua multiplied loaf and fish which is symbolic of Dominion over Satan and Deliverance from Evil. Saying that He was giving dominion over sin and satan to His disciples. The gentile woman whose daughter was possessed said you even give bread crumbs to the dogs, to the wild beast, ala the gentiles. Yeshua ate fish upon rising from the dead and breaking bread as symbols of dominion over satan and the disciples eyes were opened. Being fisherman they knew these things, they we now being called to fish for men. The sea is related to the heavenly body of water which is related to Adonai’s kindness. So we beseech Adonai for His loving kindness in the New Year and the casting of our sins into the sea of forgetfulness. The goal of Tashlich is to cast our sins and the heavenly prosecutor satan into the sea or abyss. And we shake our clothes as a symbol of purifying soul and spirit, shacking of the dust spots and shacking out the wrinkles in our garments that we may be presented before our Elohim without spot or wrinkle. As Paul said:

“Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Psalms 103 By David Says:

“Bless ADONAI, my soul! Everything in me, bless his holy name! Bless ADONAI, my soul, and forget none of his benefits! He forgives all your offenses, he heals all your diseases, he redeems your life from the pit, he surrounds you with grace and compassion, he contents you with good as long as you live, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle’s. ADONAI brings vindication and justice to all who are oppressed. He made his ways known to Moshe, his mighty deeds to the people of Isra’el. ADONAI is merciful and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in grace. He will not always accuse, he will not keep his anger forever. He has not treated us as our sins deserve or paid us back for our offenses, because his mercy toward those who fear him is as far above earth as heaven. He has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west. Just as a father has compassion on his children, ADONAI has compassion on those who fear him. For he understands how we are made, he remembers that we are dust. Yes, a human being’s days are like grass, he sprouts like a flower in the countryside-but when the wind sweeps over, it’s gone;  and its place knows it no more. But the mercy of ADONAI on those who fear him is from eternity past to eternity future, and his righteousness extends to his children’s children, provided they keep his covenant and remember to follow his precepts. ADONAI has established his throne in heaven; his kingly power rules everything. Bless ADONAI, you angels of his, you mighty warriors who obey his word, who carry out his orders! Bless ADONAI, all his troops, who serve him and do what he wants! Bless ADONAI, all his works, in every place where he rules! Bless ADONAI, my soul!”

“Who is a God like you, who pardons iniquity, and passes over the disobedience of the remnant of his heritage? He doesn’t retain his anger forever, because he delights in loving kindness. He will again have compassion on us. He will tread our iniquities under foot; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:18-19).

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