- Ten Days of Repentance
The Ten Days of Repentance ( _he. עשרת ימי תשובה, Aseret Yemei Teshuva) are the first ten days of the Jewish month of
Tishrei, beginning on the Jewish holidayof Rosh Hashanahand ending on Yom Kippur.
During this time it is "exceedingly appropriate" for Jews to practice "Teshuvah" (literally. "returning" or "repentance") which is, examining one's ways, and engaging in
Repentanceand the improvement of their ways in anticipation of Yom Kippur.
This repentance can take the form of early morning prayers, known as "
selichot" , which capture the penitential spirit appropriate to the occasion, fasting, charity, acts of Chesed (loving-kindness), or self-reflection.
In contemporary Judaism, many congregations offer a Selichot Service near midnight on the weekend preceding the Ten Days of Repentance. This, often short, prayer service serves as a preamble to the
High Holy Days(Yom Kippur in particular). The service itself comprises prayers of atonement, the liturgy of which may be found in many machzorim (prayer books for the High Holy Days).
* [http://www.ou.org/chagim/roshchodesh/tishrei/aseretyemai.htm The "Aseret Yemai Teshuvah, Ten Days of Repentance" from OU.ORG]
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