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Rosh Hashanah 5771

I cast my sins in the guise of bread, something so simple, so fundamental to life.

Bread.   I like that.

As it says in the Bible, “Within every bagel, there are too many carbs.  Within every good person there is sin.”

Let the birds fly away.  May 5777 be a year when the sun sparkles in the Pacific each and every day.

The Tashlich Prayer

Who is a G-d like You,
who pardons iniquity
and forgives transgression
for the remnant of His heritage?
He does not maintain His wrath forever,
for He desires [to do] kindness.
He will again show us mercy,
He will suppress our iniquities;
and You will cast all their sins
into the depths of the sea.
Show faithfulness to Jacob,
kindness to Abraham,
which You have sworn to our fathers
from the days of yore.

More about Rosh Hashanah (from 2007)


  1. Avitable

    Happy Nude Year, Neil.

    • Neil

      Let’s hope so. You too!

  2. Haley-O (Cheaty)

    Shana Tova, Neil! Beautiful post and pictures…. LOVE that bagel Bible quote….

  3. sarah

    Shana Tova, Neil. This post is beautiful (and a little hilarious, which is a perfect combination).

  4. gorillabuns

    I personally like to say, “Shana Tova!” because of my name though I have absolutely no clue what I’m saying.

    Here’s a beautiful year.

  5. V-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

    What a waste of a good bagel! I think you should stop sinning instead and reward yourself with one with lots of butter. ; )

  6. Sprite's Keeper

    L’Shana Tova and hopes for apples and honey this year. No whammies!
    (It figures that carbs would be in the Commandments..)

  7. Finn

    Shana tova, my friend. Hope it’s a damn good one.

  8. Amy @ Ess Eppis

    Shana Tova!

    A slightly abridged menu was a hit at my family’s Rosh Hashanah celebration.

  9. bookfraud

    i’ll add to the chorus of “shana tova” and wish you and your loved ones peace, happiness, and good health this year. your post was almost enough to make rosh hashonna my favorite holiday, displacing pesach. almost…

  10. wench

    This is a holy month isn’t it? Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and five days later, Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles? L’chaim!

  11. Juli Ryan

    Shana Tovah! I like tossing stale bread crumbs to ducks. Are those birds ducks or gulls?

  12. Cowtown Pattie

    Happy New Year!

    Do you fire off your six-shooters at the sky after midnight?

  13. Jack

    Shana Tova- 5771 is going to kick some ass.

  14. nonlineargirl

    Shana tova!

  15. Pearl

    May sweetness, good health and some darn good fun be yours in abundance this year, Neil. Shana Tovah.

  16. Poor Fish Girl

    Shana Tovah! I plan on quoting that bagel line. 🙂

  17. JanePoet/deborah

    happy new year neil!

  18. ann's rants

    May the new year be a good year for us. May we be inscribed in the book of life. And publishing.

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