Days of Awe

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 said that G-d writes the names of those who will live and die, who will have a good live or bad life in the next year. These books are written in on Rosh Hashanah, but our actions during the Days of Awe can influence G-d’s decree. Tefilah and Tzedakah (repentance, prayer, good deed and charity) influence the final judgement which is sealed 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