Are there any commentators that discuss the parallels between the rituals of biur chametz and tashlich? At a surface level, both involve destroying or eliminating bread, one via fire and one via water (which are symbolically opposite to one another). Chametz is broadly associated with the yetzer hara, and the bread that was cast into the water at tashlich symbolizes sins, so it seems clear that there are parallels. Are there deeper connections? Where are they discussed?

ETA: To clarify, I understand that halachically there is no similarity between the two practices. Symbolically, though, they seem similar ("destroying the chametz which represents our yetzer hara" vs. "casting away the bread to symbolize casting off our sins"). Something along those lines (but less superficial than what I have just written) is what I am wondering about. Does anybody else talk about this?

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    I don't see it myself, especially since I've heard most people argue that we shouldn't throw bread into the water. But who knows? Maybe someone somewhere does talk about it. +1 for explaining the question thoroughly (imo).
    – Seth J
    Apr 14, 2016 at 19:03

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I am guessing that nothing except they both have a kabolistic prayer after them

We can probably understand this better by seeing the prayer said after both procedures

Starts with May it be Your will.
Chomets removal.

What I see is that chometz removel (a biblical mitzva) is connected with the removel of evil power (Egypt) that ruled over us by the Passover time, and so we are also destroying and asking Hashem to destroy all evil
(I heard that chometz is also connected to gaava)

But tashlich is a minhag (see What-is-Tashlich) to say pesukinm by a body of water (part of which are the Thirteen Divine Attributes of Mercy) seems not to be connected with destroing but to repentance and forgiveness

Here it even says that it is forbidden to through bread in the water

And even the part that says "cast all our sins into the depths of the sea," you can see from the original verse (Micha 7.19) that it is connected with compassion (not destruction)

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