by Nicole Lasky
L-R: Sadie Lowenthal, Carly Sontz, Nicole Lasky
Recently, I hosted a Reverse Tashlich event at Narragansett Town Beach. At the event, fellow students met up with me in order to pick up trash rather than throw bread into the ocean like normal Tashlich. While obeying COVID-19 regulations,we were able to walk along the entire length of the beach and collect enough trash to fill an entire garbage bag. This is surprising considering Narragansett Town Beach already has garbage and recycling barrels scattered along the beach. Because of this, another beach clean-up is being prepared for the Spring semester. To me, doing everything in one's power to protect the environment is more crucial than ever. Although it may not seem like much, Reverse Tashlich was more than picking up garbage from the beach. It was sort of like picking up bread rather than getting rid of it; a feeling of fixing issues rather than letting them go. As Rosh HaShanah approaches, I’ve been keeping this perspective in the back of my head and realizing that Tashlich itself can turn into a ritual of fixing rather than forgetting.