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When is Tashlich done?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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Tashlich is customarily done on the first day of Rosh Hashanah after the afternoon service. If the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls out on Shabbat then Tashlich is done on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, in order to allow everyone to carry their prayer-books and bring their little children to the ceremony.

If Tashlich was not done on Rosh Hashanah, it can be done until Hoshanah Rabbah.1

[Ed. note: Read about "What is Tashlich?"]



  • 1. In fact, there are those who have the custom of doing Tashlich two days before Yom Kippur (unless that day falls out on Shabbat).
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(pl: Shabbatot). Hebrew word meaning "rest." It is a Biblical commandment to sanctify and rest on Saturday, the seventh day of the week. This commemorates the fact that after creating the world in six days, G-d rested on the seventh.
Rosh Hashanah
The Jewish New Year. An early autumn two day holiday marking the creation of Adam and Eve. On this day we hear the blasts of the ram's horn and accept G-d's sovereignty upon ourselves and the world. On Rosh Hashanah we pray that G-d should grant us all a sweet New Year.
A ceremony traditionally performed on Rosh Hashanah, wherein a live body of water is visited. Special prayers recited, and our sins are "cast" into the waters.