Tashlich comes from the Hebrew word meaning “to cast,” referring to the intent to cast away our sins via this meaningful and ancient Jewish custom common to both Ashkenazi and Sephardic communities.
Tuesday, September 11, 4:30pm: TASHLICH SERVICES at Santa Monica Beach. Please park in Lot 5S, at 2600 Barnard Way Santa Monica, 90405. Parking in the lot is $8. We will be meeting at the south end of the public parking lot. Temperatures can dip, remember to bring warm clothing! Bring your shofar!
Parking for Tashlich is at “Lot 5 South” at 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica.
People pay the attendant (CASH) at the booth, and then head to the most-southerly corner of the lot.There is a bathroom/shower facility immediately across the bike path (toward the water), and a wheelchair-accessible boardwalk adjacent to those facilities that leads almost all the way to the ocean.
We gather by the end of the boardwalk.
Tashlich Parking (Google Maps)
(choose the “Satellite View” to get a better idea…)
The goal of Tashlich is to cast both our sins and the Heavenly prosecutor (a.k.a. the Satan) into the Heavenly sea. And when we shake our clothes after the Tashlich prayer, this is a tangible act to achieve the spiritual goal of shaking sins from our soul.
Needless to say, the physical motions near the water and fish of Tashlich are not what grant us atonement. But if we pay attention to the symbolism and apply the sincere desire to heal our relationship with G‑d as portrayed in the physical demonstrations of Tashlich, then it serves as a crucial part in the process of repenting and returning to G‑d in purity.
May we all shake ourselves from sin and be signed and sealed in the Book of Life for a good and sweet new year!
Read more: Tashlich, Into The Deep