Casting Off Sins Beneath the Manhattan Bridge

Posted on: September 18th, 2012 at 6:47 am by

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Source: Hyun Kim

One custom during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah is to cast pieces of bread (or other food) into a moving body of water on the first day, symbolizing the discarding of the previous year’s sins. It’s called Tashlich, which means “cast off” in Hebrew.

Boogie reader Hyun Kim snapped this awesome shot of the centuries-old ritual in action yesterday down under the Manhattan Bridge. A gaggle of Orthodox Jews tossing away their sins to the gulls of the East River amidst the normal flow of foot traffic. Or as one commenter noted, “a sacred act in such a pedestrian space.”

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