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In the Siddur Nussach Ari it says by the end of Tashlich to shake the ends of your Tzitzis, I heard that this symbolizes the tossing of a persons sins in the depth of the water (as in the verse " ותשליך במצולות ים כל חטאתם" (Micah 7:18-20) "You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."

Does anyone have a source for this?
Also, if it is true, then why the need for further Teshuva (in the rest of the ten days of Repentance)?

In the Sefer Taamei Haminhagim: http://hebrewbooks.org/pdfpager.aspx?req=14556&st=&pgnum=332 it says that the reason we do it is to shake off the Kelipos which are attached to us when we do a sin, so the question is does that mean we are ridding ourselves of the actual sins?

  • If a murderer and rapist shakes some strings near some water he is forgiven for all his sins??? – Double AA Oct 26 '14 at 17:14
  • @doubleaa. And 10 days of repentance does help?? – Menachem Oct 26 '14 at 17:45
  • @men If they repent sincerely, then they can always be forgiven. It sounds easier than it is, though. – Double AA Oct 26 '14 at 17:49
  • EHS You've edited what seems like an answer to your question. You should post it as such and ask new questions as new questions. – Double AA Nov 12 '14 at 17:46
  • @DoubleAA i was just trying to point out that in my understanding "Klipos" don't seem like sins – EHS Nov 17 '14 at 16:07

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