Can Tashlich be recited on Shabbat?

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Dear Rabbi Simon,
Are we allowed to say Tashlich (the brief customary New Year ritual recited in the proximity of a body of water) during Shabbat? We did not manage to accomplish this on Rosh HaShanah.
Thanks & Shana Tova
Mayim

Hi Mayim
Tashlich is not recommended for Shabbat. However, you can say Tashlich until (and including) erev Yom Kippur, or even until Hoshana Rabba (last day of Hol ha-Mo’ed Sukkot), so hopefully there will be another convenient time. However this popular and meaningful ritual is only a customary minhag and not a requirement of halakhah (Jewish Law). The main thing is to cast off one’s sins and not to repeat them!
Best wishes and Shanah Tovah
Rabbi Rashi Simon

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