Every day, at the end of the day, I throw my sins away in sight of water. Rosh Hashanah is coming and joy is filling our hearts. There is an ancient custom that calls for observant Jews to Tashlikh, during Rosh Hashanah, meaning to cast away the year’s previous sins into a body of water. Water therefore creates a clean slate, leaving our transgressions behind as we start the New Year. A stroll along the beach is ideal, along a lake is lovely, too. Our neighbor’s pool is handy, but if you need to turn on your faucet and watch the water trickle as you cast your sins, you will have done the job.

You do not have to be Jewish to cast your sins. I know that, and you know that, so Robin, my hairdresser extraordinaire and I have devised a plan for constant renewal without carrying such a heavy load all year long, waiting for a designated time to cast off sins.

Every day, at the end of the day, cast your sins away. Just start twitching, shaking yourself around a bit, and brushing yourself off as in the act of casting. After you stop all of the frenetic casting, you will, guaranteed, feel like a million bucks.

Oh, you are one of those who do not sin. Probably you don’t, neither do I, BUT there are so many superstitions and regulations, plus self imposed rules and regimes, instructions, and guidelines, you probably do not fully get out of bed without a mark. Our governing powers have added so many laws and decrees that will fill a book just since yesterday, so you cannot possibly escape. May I suggest you shimmy and shake, casting any unrealized sins away, everyday at the end of the day! Get back to me on your casting success.

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carly Marshall
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 18:42:49

    Wow nicely written grandma!


  2. Sheryl
    Sep 23, 2014 @ 20:20:52

    I’ll have to shimmy and shake before I go to bed tonight. 🙂


  3. Connie Forster
    Sep 24, 2014 @ 00:33:34

    So nice to read this. My boyfriend is Jewish – I’ll forward this on to him.


  4. Tom McKissack
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 17:38:04

    Get out of bed without a mark? LOL Don’t remember any marks but some mornings it takes a LOT of groaning just to get my feet on the floor but I’m good…. haven’t had to resort to Darla helping up. Nice article.


  5. Nuala Ryan
    Sep 25, 2014 @ 22:59:49

    My sins are enjoying a shake!
    Happy New Year.


  6. Keith Anderson
    Sep 27, 2014 @ 14:29:03

    I, of course, am one of those rare ones who never sins. However, I have master the shimmy and shake from giving my doggies regular baths. We all did a shimmy and shake today after I read your wonderful blog!


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