A Reading for Tachlich: Casting our Sins
As We Stand By the Water
By: Susan Bauchner
As we stand by the water
I stand by the river, bread in hand
ready to cast away my failures and shortcomings,
And I ask:
Have I taken care of myself this year?
Have I been kind and gentle, loving and forgiving to myself?
Have I nurtured myself body, mind and soul?
Have I lived joyfully? Did I remember to sing and dance?
Have I been kind to others?
Did I speak gently and truthfully?
Was I generous with my time and attention?
Did I offer food, did I give tsedakah?
Standing in this beautiful spot, I ask
Have I taken steps to preserve our earth’s beauty?
What did I do that I regret?
What did I not do that I regret?
We have asked ourselves these questions.
Now we toss our bread, asking forgiveness
and, above all, forgiving ourselves
and vowing to do better next year.
I wish you all Shanah Tovah.
May we all be inscribed for a good year.
Now, let us now follow our New Year’s tradition of Taschlich
and toss our bread into the water.