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10 days of Awe

September 7 - September 16

Traditionally, Rosh HaShanah, also known as Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpet Blasts) is a day of judgment when God opens His book, examines our deeds, and decides who will live, who will die, who will have a good life, and who will have one filled with troubles.

While it is believed that God makes His decree on Rosh HaShanah, that decree is not sealed in the Book of Life until Yom Kippur.

During these Days of Awe, we repent of our sins of the past year, ever mindful that God is a righteous judge; all His ways are just and true.  He will reward the righteous and not allow the wicked to go unpunished.

“Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.”  (Psalm 58:11)

The concept of the Book of Life and its connection to judgment is entirely scriptural.  The Bible, in fact, contains many references to the Book of Life.

The Hebrew Prophet Daniel wrote that “everyone whose name is found written in the book will be delivered.”  (Daniel 12:1)

We also see references in the Brit Chadashah (New Testament):

“He that overcomes…  I will never blot his name out of the Book of Life.”  (Revelation 3:5)

“Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:15)

May our family, loved ones, and the Jewish People be found written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Judaism traditionally holds that actions consistent with teshuvah (repentance), tefilah (prayer), and tzedakah (charity/good deeds) during the Days of Awe can alter God’s decree that He issued on Rosh HaShanah.

For this reason, it’s customary during these 10 days to spend time getting right with God and with our fellow man.

Spiritual and Orthodox Jews will seek forgiveness from anyone they have wronged and try to make amends.

As we pass through these Ten Days of Awe (Yamim Nora’im), let’s take time to get our lives right with God and one another.

This is the time to let go and forgive, as well as seek forgiveness.

These Ten Days of Awe are an opportunity to seriously seek the face of God, to examine our lives, and repent before Him for our sins.

It’s a time to call upon His mercy for ourselves, our families, our nations, and for Israel.

It’s a time to call upon His mercy for ourselves, our families, our nations, and for Israel and to take practical steps to be instruments of reconciliation, forgiveness, and love.

The Days of Awe – Yamim Nora’im


September 7
September 16