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A Rosh Hashanah Ritual

ages 3-6


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Paper and pens

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Though Rosh Hashanah is supposed to be a celebration of the New Year, it can also be somber and a holiday that's hard to relate to for kids. This year, try having the kids participate in the ritual of Tashlikh, traditionally practiced on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah. This ritual involves tossing pieces of bread into a large flowing body of water like a river or lake as a symbol of casting away the previous year's sins. Instead of tossing bread, try tossing strips of paper onto which you've written various things each family member had trouble with during the past year. For instance, if one of the kids needs to work on sharing, discuss it, along with ways to improve in the New Year. Then write it on a piece of paper. Have each family member do this and travel to a river or lake together to toss the paper in.

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Leanne said:

I love this activity!!!

- Posted on Apr 30, 2008



jennifersweckard said:

This is a very creative way to reflect on the previous year and set goals for the coming year. Writing things down on paper makes them more "real". What a great, meaningful family activity.

- Posted on May 23, 2008



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