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Issue: 3.09  
September-01-02
Tashlich

On the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, there is a ceremony called Tashlich.

Jews traditionally go to the ocean or a stream or river to pray and throw bread crumbs that represent their sins, into the water. Symbolically, the fish then devour their sins. Occasionally, people ask what kind of bread crumbs should be thrown.

Here are suggestions for breads which may be most appropriate for specific sins and misbehaviors.

For ordinary sins.........................White Bread
For erotic sins..............................French Bread
For particularly dark sins..............Pumpernickel
For complex sins..........................Multigrain
For twisted sins............................Pretzels
For tasteless sins..........................Rice Cakes
For sins of indecision....................Waffles
For sins committed in haste...........Matzo
For sins of chutzpah......................Fresh Bread
For substance abuse.....................Stoned Wheat
For use of heavy drugs..................Poppy Seed
For petty larceny...........................Stollen
For committing auto theft...............Caraway
For timidity/cowardice...................Milk Toast
For ill-temperedness......................Sourdough
For silliness, eccentricity.................Nut Bread
For not giving full value...................Shortbread
For jingoism, chauvinism.................Yankee Doodles
For excessive irony.........................Rye Bread
For unnecessary chances.................Hero Bread
For war-mongering..........................Kaiser Rolls
For dressing immodestly...................Tarts
For causing injury to others...............Tortes
For lechery and promiscuity..............Hot Buns
For promiscuity with gentiles.............Hot Cross Buns
For racist attitudes.............................Crackers
For sophisticated racism......................Ritz Crackers
For being holier than thou.....................Bagels
For abrasiveness...................................Grits
For dropping in without notice................Popovers
For overeating........................................Stuffing
For impetuosity.......................................Quick Bread
For indecent photography........................Cheesecake
For raising your voice too often................Challah
For pride and egotism...............................Puff Pastry
For sycophancy, ass-kissing......................Brownies
For being overly smothering......................Angel Food Cake
For laziness...............................................Any long loaf
For trashing the environment......................Dumplings
For telling the same story over and over.....Stale Bread
... and my personal favorite:
For telling bad jokes/puns........Corn Bread

For those who require a wide selection of crumbs, we suggest a Tashlich Mix available in three grades (Tashlich Lite, Medium, and Industrial Strength) at your favorite Jewish grocery store.

   
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