A Rosh Hashanah Haiku by the Editor
sun glints off running water
--Steven Wittenberg Gordon
Poet's/Editor's Notes: This traditional haiku is inspired by the tradition of Tashlich, a ritual usually performed on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The Jews cast breadcrumbs, symbolizing their sins, into a body of water, which then symbolically washes them or carries them away. It is preferred that fish be present in the water, for just as a fish may avoid being ensnared in a net, so too may a person avoid being ensnared in sin. Ideally, the water should be moving, so the breadcrumbs/sins would be carried away. However, in a pinch, even a bucket of water may be used to complete the ritual. The presence of seagulls would just be a bonus. Additional information about Rosh Hashanah and Tashlich may be found here https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/564247/jewish/What-is-Tashlich.htm.
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