Abram Goodstein stepped to the Willamette River's edge clutching a handful of Fred Meyer white enriched bread. The dark lenses of his sunglasses concealed his eyes, but he had a solemn expression on his face.
Goodstein held in his thoughts one of the sins he had committed in the past year -- the custom during this Jewish Tashlich ceremony, which is part of the Hebrew new year Rosh Hashana. He then mashed some of the bread into a tightly packed ball and tossed it into the current, repeating the spiritual exercise over and over again, each time thinking about another one of his past sins.
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