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Taking a few crumbs to Tashlich from whatever old bread is in the house lacks subtlety, nuance and religious sensitivity. I would suggest that we can do better. Instead:
In taking a read down the list, it occurred to me that since we're just about at the mid-point of 5773, it might be a good time to think about last year's missteps--the breadcrumbs we tossed away on the afternoon of Rosh Hashana--and take a quick inventory of how we're doing so far this year.For ordinary sins, use - White BreadFor exotic sins - French BreadFor particularly dark sins - PumpernickelFor complex sins - Multi-grainFor twisted sins - PretzelsFor tasteless sins - Rice CakesFor sins of indecision - WafflesFor sins committed in haste - MatzahFor sins committed in less than eighteen minutes - Shmurah MatzahFor sins of chutzpah - Fresh BreadFor substance abuse/marijuana - Stoned WheatFor substance abuse/heavy drugs - Poppy SeedFor arson - ToastFor timidity - Milk ToastFor high-handedness - NapoleonsFor being sulky - SourdoughFor silliness - Nut BreadFor not giving full value - Short breadFor jingoism - Yankee DoodlesFor telling bad jokes - Corn BreadFor being money-hungry - Enriched Bread or Raw DoughFor telling small lies - FudgeFor war-mongering - Kaiser RollsFor promiscuity - Hot BunsFor racism - CrackersFor sophisticated racism - Ritz CrackersFor being holier-than-thou - BagelsFor unfairly up-braiding others - ChallahFor provocative dressing - Wonton WrappersFor snobbery - Upper CrustsFor indecent photography - Cheese CakeFor trashing the environment - DumplingsFor the sin of laziness - Any Very Long LoafFor being hyper-critical - Pan CakesFor political skullduggery - BismarcksFor over-eating - Stuffing Bread or Bulkie RollsFor gambling - Fortune CookiesFor pride - Puff PastryFor cheating - Bread made with Nutrasweet and OlestraFor being snappish - Ginger BreadFor dropping in without calling beforehand - PopoversFor trying to improve everyone within sight -Angel Food CakeFor being up-tight and irritable - High Fiber or Bran MuffinsFor sycophancy - BrowniesFor rearing children incompetently - Raisin BreadFor immodest behavior - TartsFor causing injury or damage to others - TortesFor hardening our hearts - Jelly doughnutsFor abrasiveness - GritsFor recurring slip ups - Banana BreadFor davening off tune - Flat BreadFor impetuosity - Quick BreadFor silliness - Nut BreadFor risking one's life unnecessarily - Hero BreadFor auto theft - CarawayFor excessive use of irony - Rye BreadFor larceny (especially of copyright material) - Stollen
If we're lucky, we'll find just a few crumbs in our "sinventory"...and in our cabinets, cars, and couches!
Inspired by Ima on (and off) the Bima, this post is one in a series marking the days of the Hebrew month of Nisan leading up to Passover 5773.