A ritual is performed at a large, natural body of flowing water (e.g., river, lake, sea, or ocean) on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, although it may be performed until Hoshana Rabbah. It symbolizes “washing away your sins.”
Gregory and I would always celebrate the tradition on Yom Kippur not so much to “wash away our sins” but more to contemplate the immensity of life, our place in it, and its fragility. To practice forgiveness of others as well of ourselves. The observation is even more important to me now, as we approach the third anniversary of Gregory’s death, October 4, 2015.