In first, UN to host Yom Kippur ‘tashlich’ ceremony

In a notable first, ambassadors at the United Nations in New York will participate on Monday in a traditional tashlich ceremony in honor of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

The ceremony includes throwing pieces of bread into a river in a symbolic casting away of one’s sins ahead of the holiday, which focuses on repentance.

Ambassadors from the US, Australia, Canada, France, Tanzania and Sierra Leone are expected to join in the ceremony on the Manhattan shore of the East River.

The event, arranged by Israel’s ambassador Ron Prosor and New York Rabbi Arthur Schneier, is part of an ongoing effort by Israel’s mission to the UN to have Yom Kippur recognized as an official holiday in the world body.

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