The Ten Days of Repentance

by | Sep 1, 2006 | 0 comments

The great days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, together with the seven days in between, are the ten days of repentance. These days provide the Jewish people with a unique opportunity to repent and improve themselves. G-d is particularly close to Israel during these days, and therefore a Jew should take advantage of this unique time and turn to G-d in a spirit of penitence.

In Isaiah 55:6, the verse states: “Seek G-d when He is to be found, call out to Him when He is near.” Our Sages explain this verse as follows: This teaches us that there are times when G-d is to be found, and there are times when G-d is not to be found. There are times when He is near and times when He is not near. When is G-d to be found and near? Throughout the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Due to the nature of these ten days, they are a particularly opportune time to improve ourselves, dedicate ourselves to the ideals of Torah, and form a bond with The Master of the Universe.

Many Jews heed the call of these awesome and majestic days – a call to self-examination and meditation upon the true meaning of life and its struggles. This leads to stronger faith in G-d and loyalty to His Torah. These days are an appropriate time to resolve to make Judaism a living reality in our lives. Fortifying our homes by the observance of Kashrus, Sabbath and Holidays; inculcating in our children a love of Judaism by example and providing them with a maximum Jewish education; strengthening our synagogues by using them through out the year as houses of prayer and centers of learning.

By Rabbi Yaacov Haber

Rabbi Yaacov Haber has been a leading force in Jewish community and Jewish education for over forty years. He lived and taught in the United States, Australia and in Israel. He is presently the Rav of Kehillas Shivtei Yeshurun, a vibrant community in the center of Ramat Bet Shemesh, Israel, and serves as the Rabbinic guide to many of its wonderful organisations.


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