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Ritual-U.S.-1_smal - still image

Ritual-U.S.-1_smal - still image

Defined as an action taken by an individual or group employing meaningful symbols in a formal, stylized fashion, a ritual effects a transition, or transformation, from one state of being to another. The generations-old tradition of Tashlikh has Jews gather alongside a body of water on the first day of Rosh Ha-Shanah to "cast their sins into the depths of the sea" (a reference to a Biblical passage by the prophet Micah), and thus spiritually renew themselves in preparation for the Day of Atonement. Tashlikh was a ritual in which women participated even in the traditional Eastern European shtetl, as this photo of women performing Tashlikh on a river bank in a small town in 1920s–1930s Lithuania indicates.

Photographer: Blue-White Service; Institution: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

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