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The days of Repentance appeal

Wow, what an incredible and inspiring Rosh Hashanah Tefillah. Yoel, Joel and R. Dadoun you really surpassed yourselves, thank you.

Another year has flown passed and some of us remember standing here last year after an incredible Tefillah thinking how “This Year” was going to be the year we made all those changes, go to shul more, open up another Sefer, try to stop going to those strictly vegetarian restaurants. The period of time from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur  is known as the Ten Days of Penitence – עשרת ימי תשובה – this is our time to implement those changes, to make sure we don’t let another year go by without becoming the person we really know we can be

The concept of these days as a special unit of time in the Jewish year dates at least to the third century BCE. Rabbi Yohanan, who lived in the Land of Israel during that period, describes his conception of divine judgment and inscription in this season:

“Three books are opened in heaven on Rosh Hashanah, one for the completely wicked, one for the completely righteous and one for those in between. The completely righteous are immediately inscribed in the book of life. The completely wicked are immediately inscribed in the book of death. The fate of those in between is suspended until Yom Kippur. If they do well, they are inscribed in the book of life. If not, in the book of death” (B.Rosh Hashanah l6b).

The Ten Days of Penitence are seen as an opportunity for change. And since the extremes of complete righteousness and complete wickedness are few and far between, Rosh Hashanah functions, for the majority of people, as the opening of a trial that […]

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