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The Tashlich Prayer - English

The Tashlich Prayer - English


The verses "Who is a G‑d like You . . . from the days of yore" allude to the Thirteen Divine Attributes of Mercy. While saying these verses, keep in mind (but do not articulate) the corresponding attribute printed above it in small type. The same is true with the verses "From out of distress . . . trust in nobles," which correspond to the nine attributes in the verse "The L-rd is slow..."

  L-rd, L-rd, benevolent G‑d,
1) Who is a G‑d like You,
2) who pardons iniquity
  and gracious,
3) and forgives transgression
4) for the remnant of His heritage?
  to anger
5) He does not maintain His wrath forever,
  and abounding in kindness
6) for He desires [to do] kindness.
  and truth;
7) He will again show us mercy,
  He preserves kindness
8) He will suppress our iniquities;
  for two thousand generations,
9) and You will cast all their sins
into the depths of the sea.
  pardoning iniquity,
10) Show faithfulness to Jacob,
11) kindness to Abraham,
  and sin,
12) which You have sworn to our fathers
  and He cleanses.
13) from the days of yore.
  The L-rd is slow
1) in From out of distress I called to G‑d;
  to anger
2) with abounding relief, G‑d answered me.
  and abounding in kindness,
3) The L-rd is with me,
  pardoning iniquity
4) I do not fear
  and transgression,
5) what can man do to me?
  acquitting [the penitent]
6) The L-rd is with me among my helpers,
  and not acquitting the impenitent],
7) and I will see [the downfall of] my enemies.
  remembering the iniquity of the fathers for the children,
8) It is better to rely on the L-rd than to trust in man.
  for the third and for the fourth generation.
9) It is better to rely on the L-rd than to trust in nobles.

Sing joyously to the L-rd, you righteous ones; it is fitting for the upright to offer praise. Extol the L-rd with a harp; sing to Him with a ten-stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song; skillfully play sounds of jubilation. For the word of the L-rd is just; all His deeds are done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the kindness of the L-rd fills the earth. By the word of the L-rd the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their hosts.

He gathers the waters of the sea like a mound; He stows away the deeps in vaults. Let all the earth fear the L-rd; let all the inhabitants of the world tremble before Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it endured. The L-rd has annulled the counsel of nations; He has foiled the schemes of peoples. The counsel of the L-rd stands forever, the thoughts of His heart throughout all generations. Fortunate is the nation whose G‑d is the L-rd, the people He chose as a heritage for Himself. The L-rd looks down from heaven; He beholds all mankind. From His dwelling-place He watches intently all the inhabitants of the earth. It is He who fashions the hearts of them all, who perceives all their actions. A king is not saved through a large army; a warrior is not rescued by means of great strength. A horse is a false guarantee for victory; with all its great strength it offers no escape. But the eye of the L-rd is directed toward those who fear Him, toward those who hope for His kindness, to save their soul from death and to sustain them during famine. Our soul yearns for the L-rd; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, for we have put our trust in His holy Name. May Your kindness, L-rd, be upon us, as we have placed our hope in You.

They shall do no evil nor shall they destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the L-rd, as the waters cover the sea.

May it be Your will, L-rd our G‑d and G‑d of our fathers, exalted G‑d, crowned with thirteen attributes, qualities of mercy, that this shall be a propitious time before You; and may You consider the recitation of the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy in the verses "Who is a G‑d like You..." which correspond to the thirteen attributes "benevolent G‑d, compassionate and gracious...," that we recited before You, as if we had comprehended all the esoteric meanings and the combinations of the holy Names that are formed from them, and the joining of their attributes, which, one by one, shall approach to "sweeten" the severe judgments. And so, cast all our sins into the depths of the sea, and bestow upon us from them the bounty of deliverance and mercy. Remember us for life, King who desires life; inscribe us in the Book of Life for Your sake, O living G‑d. May we merit to attain teshuvah ila'ah ("higher level repentance"), for Your right hand is stretched forth to receive penitents. Rend the evil [aspect] of the verdict decreed against us; may our merits be stated before You, and may You have forbearance for us for good. Amen.

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, L-rd, my Strength and my Redeemer.

If wearing a tallit katan, shake out its corners over the water

From Siddur Tehillat Hashem. © Copyright Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn NY
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1000 characters remaining Staff via September 16, 2015

Re Dates Tashlich is traditionally said on the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, this year September 14 2015. It can be said until Hoshana Rabba, October 4 2015. Reply

Mordechai September 15, 2015

I would like to see dates (DATES) when is it preform, what day (DATE) Reply

ellyne New York September 14, 2015

Thank you for this video. Reply

David Orlando,FL September 11, 2015

Todah Leshanah tovah tikateiv veteichateim, "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year." Reply

Threemoons Astoria, NY October 3, 2014

Thank you so much for this!! Thank you all so much for posting this. I, too, missed my shul's Taschlich service--I was at my Mom's. However, I will do this before services tonight. May everyone have light fast and L'Shana Tovah! Reply

Anonymous London September 28, 2014

Thank you Thanks so much for this . I would be lost without this website! Reply Staff via September 22, 2014

Hi. The verses are from various components of the Bible. Tashlich should ideally be said on the afternoon of the first day of Rosh Hashana but can be said at any other time as well, until the last day of Sukkot. Reply

Robin Oklahoma September 18, 2014

Tashlich Shalom
Where are these verses found? Is there a specific time that it's suppose to be read?
Blessings Reply

Shlomo Brooklyn September 12, 2013

So very grateful I'm alone in my life right now. This was my first time to speak Tashlich prayers. Thank you for having the heart to make a difference in the lives of so many people. You've touched my life. Reply Staff via September 8, 2013

Re Tashlich :) If you are unable to do Tashlich on Rosh Hashanah itself, you may do it on subsequent days, until the seventh day of Sukkot. Reply

Judy Falls Church va September 5, 2013

Todah raba Thanks for offering this service. i was unable to attend tashlich at my schul as planned. So I have read this instead, thrown away my sins, and I hope for a Shana Tovah. B'Shalom! Reply

JC FL September 4, 2013

Omission of 'o' from G-d and L-rd I know this is a year after the question was asked, but the 'o' is omitted in that we shall not call on G-d or use His name in vain. L'shanah Tovah! Reply

Yakov Sydney, Australia October 3, 2012

Sources from Machzor footnotes. The verses "Who is a G-d like You..." split in 13 are Micah 7:18-20 corresponding to the 13 attributes of Mercy in small print above them Exodus 34:6-7. The verses "From out of distress I called out to G-d ..." split in 9 are from Psalms 118:5-9 corresponding to the 9 attributes in small print from Numbers 14:18

"Sing joyously..." is Psalm 33.

"They shall do no evil..." is Isaiah 11:9

"May the words of my mouth..." is Psalm 19:15 Reply

Mrs. Chana Benjaminson via September 29, 2012

Re: Transliteration I am sorry, we don't yet have the transliteration available! Reply

Anonymous September 25, 2012

Wrong machzor!! I got to the lake then realized that I grabbed Yom Kippur instead of Rosh Hashanah for Tashlich. So I googled for this translation. It is about 12-14 pages shorter than my Sephardic tradition but better than going from memory. Thanks for making this available online. Reply

Anonymous Winnipeg, MB, Canada September 25, 2012

Tashlich prayer Where can I get an English transliteration of Tashlich prayer? Reply

W. davis camp verde, az September 18, 2012

Thank you for this translation! We missed temple this year due to illness, so we will do this on our own thanks to your help. Blessings for a sweet new year! Reply

kermit roselannd, nj September 17, 2012

Why is the letter o left out of God and Lord? Reply

Anonymous Levi September 22, 2017
in response to kermit:

Answer: Some people feel it is too holy to even write out the the name of G-d, so they leave out the o. Reply

zef canada September 16, 2012

thanks for Tashlich Prayer Thanks for Tashlich Prayers in English. This is a great help for us Reply

David ben Abraham Orlando, FL USA September 16, 2012

L' shanah Tovah! Toda / Thanks for this site. May Hashem hear and answer us. B''H for everything. Am Yisrael Chai! L' shanah Tovah! Reply

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