Days of Awe

For 10 days, beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are the Days of Awe (Yamin Noraim) or the Days of Repentance.

This period should be spent considering the sins of the past year and repenting before Yom kippur. It is a special 10 day season within which we are offered the opportunity of a spiritual recovery by conscious personal effort.

It is said that G-d writes the names of those who will live and die, who will have a good life or bad life in the next year. This sentiment is expressed in the beautiful prayer “B’Rosh Hashana, which is sung on both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. (See link below). This book is written in on Rosh Hashanah, but our actions during the Days of Awe can influence G-d’s decree. T’shuvah, Tefilah and Tzedakah (repentance, prayer, good deeds and charity) influence the final judgement which is sealed in what is known as the “Book of Life” on
Yom Kippur. Thus the greeting during this time is “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”

Significance: A time of introspection

Length: 10 days (including Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur)

Customs: Seek reconciliation with people you have wronged; Kapparot

 

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