Praying on Rosh Hashanah Unknown family photo
Kathy Pinna

Praying on Rosh Hashanah

A group of people on the Brooklyn Bridge, praying on Rosh Hashanah. Do they do this now? I can't imagine why they were praying on the bridge?

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Bain News Service

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Galen Beery I sent a copy of the photo to an old roommate of mine in New York. He responded as follows:
Some Jewish people perform the tashlikh. This is the custom of reciting prayers near naturally flowing water, such as a stream or river, and symbolically throwing one’s sins away in the form of small pieces of bread or other food. Many Jewish people perform tashlikh from places such as the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges in New York. Some people may use a fish pond or mikveh (ritual bath) if there is no local river or stream.

I seem to have a recollection of same. So there you are!
Reply posted Sep 24, 2011 9:30 pm
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Reply posted Sep 24, 2011 9:30 pm
Kathy Pinna Galen - thank you SO much for the information!! I think it's such a neat photo and now I know why the people were there - and more about Jewish customs. I really appreciate your effort!
Reply posted Sep 24, 2011 11:36 pm
Photo taken at Brooklyn Bridge, New York, New York USA on