Ten Days of Repentance

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 holiday of Rosh Hashanah and 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 Repentance and 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).

External links

* [http://www.ou.org/chagim/roshchodesh/tishrei/aseretyemai.htm The "Aseret Yemai Teshuvah, Ten Days of Repentance" from OU.ORG]

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