Monday, September 10, 2018

A Rosh Hashanah Haiku by the Editor

fish avoid the net
sun glints off running water
breadcrumbs cast away

--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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