About This Painting
On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Jews go to the water’s edge to recite the Tashlich and commemorate specific parts of their history. Tashlich is performed as a symbol of getting rid of sins, but each part of this tradition has a significant spiritual meaning. The trip to the body of water is symbolic of Abraham’s sacrifice when Satan used a river to try to block his path. The river is also significant because Jewish kings are anointed next to them. On Rosh Hashanah, we declare God as King and perform Tashlich by the water to celebrate that. Many Jews prefer to recite Tashlich by water that is inhabited by fish because they are a symbol of God’s constant protection over us.