Feast of Trumpets


Each year on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish people have a custom known as tashlich. Through this ritual, the Jewish people not only express their desire to be free from sin but also hope that they will be forgiven for past misdeeds. It is customary to go to a flowing body of water and to recite prayers while “casting” their sins (represented by bread crumbs) into the water. As they cast their bread crumbs into the water, they read from the prophet Micah, “You will cast (tashlich) all your sins into the depths of the sea” (7:19).

It is a time of doing an inventory of their souls. It is about facing one’s regrets, “demons” and shortcomings, then letting them go rather than allowing them to stay stashed away causing more hurt, more pain and more regrets. Tashlich is more than a metaphor. It is a promise. It is a promise before God to let go…

I did not understand this concept fully until I read an excerpt from a book written by Marie Kondo called, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The book focuses on decluttering your house. Kondo’s method for deciding what to keep and what to discard from our homes is to pull everything out of the closet, everything off the shelves, everything out of the cabinets, the drawers and the boxes – everything in every room and then, hold each thing up to the light of a single question:  Does this spark joy?  If the answer is no, let it go.

I wonder what would happen if we used Kondo’s method to declutter our souls? Imagine taking all the grudges, bitterness, guilt and shame that we have tucked away deep in our souls, holding them up to the light and admitting that they bring us no joy. And then imagine how free you would feel if you actually let those things go.

In her book, Kondo states, “Putting things away creates the illusion that the…problem has been solved.” And the same is true for those things we hide in our souls and in our hearts. Maybe today, you and I can empty the “bread crumbs” out of our pockets and simply let go…

Breathe Peace,

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