I feel like the art of the apology is something that only very emotionally mature people can master. But, we can all try. Accepting that you made a mistake and then remedying said mistake by beginning with a simple “I’m sorry” is so so important. This discussion stems from the fact that today is THE holiest day in our Jewish year. The time between our new year (Rosh Hashannah) and today (Yom Kippur) is a time of reflection and atonement. I ALWAYS practice Tashlich and was SO glad that I was able to complete it this year with everything else crazy that is going on. But that is the point, right? That MOST IMPORTANTLY when things are crazy, stopping and reflecting matters and is more than necessary.
Tashlich (תשליך) is a ritual that many Jews observe during Rosh HaShanah. “Tashlich” means “casting off” in Hebrew and involves symbolically casting off the sins of the previous year by tossing pieces of bread or another food into a body of flowing water. (source)
For those of you who I have wronged this year, I am sorry (and have reached our privately, thank you very much lol). For me, this is an important act to participate in and deserves a little space on my blog. Anyway, I did have a really tough time fitting everything in this year that the New Year can entail (synagogue, Tashlich, dinners, etc.) but was able to with some smart thinking and schedule-working.
Case in point: today we had some appointments and ended up in West Philly (around 41 and Chestnut) and I was curious as to how far it would be to run home AND was thinking I might run out of time to get my run in. Smart thinking: give the man your car, have him take a picture of you (laughing of course) and run home. I did 5.5 miles AND was able to stop at synagogue and get my prayer on for a bit. SCORE.
Later on at Target (I know. Sacrilegious? Needed food!), this was the scene. How cute?! We REALLY miss our third little one who is on vacation with his Mom this week. Can’t WAIT to see him (and add him to our cart).
Hope you all are having an easy fast if you participate, and if not, I hope your day is as lovely as you!