‘God will take us back'
The Tashlich ceremony is based on a verse from the book of Micah, “God will take us back in love; God will cover up our iniquities. The Lord will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea.” It also is based on another reference to water found in Isaiah: “In all the Holy Land, nothing evil or vile shall be done; for the land shall be filled with devotion to the Lord as the waters cover the sea.”
The Lake Hefner event included Abby Jacobson, rabbi of Emanuel Synagogue, and Vered Harris, rabbi of Temple B'nai Israel.
Janiece Gratch and Myrna Page, co-directors of the combined synagogue and temple Sunday school, led older children who gathered at the Stars and Stripes Park pavilion through a series of exercises designed to help them understand the meaning of the Tashlich service before they gathered at the shore for the ritual.
On the other side of the pavilion, Jacobson played a game with younger children with a similar idea in mind.
Under the supervision of Gratch and Page, the youths chose pieces of paper with habits and flaws written on them, such as talking on the phone while eating, hitting, not sharing, yelling and lying. The young people threw the pieces of paper in a make-believe lake “so they would understand when it's time to do the real thing,” Gratch said.
“They were to write down things they hoped to be forgiven for,” she said.