Thursday, September 22, 2016


Day: Thursday
Date: September 23, 2016
Parshat: Ki Tavo
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 584

After mincha on the first day of Rosh Hashana we do tashlich. The tashlich service should be recited next to a river, stream, or the ocean etc. The reason we say it next to water is as a remembrance to the midrash regarding the Akedat Yitzchak. The midrash tells us that when Avraham and Yitzchak were on there way to the Akeda the satan caused a river to flow directly in their path to stop them. Avraham and Yitzchak were undeterred and walked into the river until the water was up to their necks. At that point Avraham prayed to HaShem and HaShem instructed the satan to remove the river. The Zohar tells us that this happened on Rosh Hashana. Therefore, in order to invoke the merit of the Akedat Yitzchak, we recite tashlich next to a body of water. If one did not say tashlich on the first day of Rosh Hashana he should say it on the second day.

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