The first ten days of the Jewish calendar are known as “Aseret Yemei Teshuva – The ten days of Teshuva.” Citing the verse, “Seek God when He may be found, call upon Him when He is near,” the Talmud asserts that “these are the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur,” when God is especially close to us; “the gates of heaven are open, and I will listen to your prayers.”
This period of time represents an opportunity for reflection, repentance, and teshuva – a return to God. It is an opportunity to regret the missteps of our past while committing to change and rectify our actions in the future. During these ten days, we examine the year that has passed, dreaming and planning for a better year ahead; a year marked by justice, goodness and harmony for ourselves and all of Klal Yisrael.
We trust that you will find these essays from members of the OTS family enlightening and inspiring for your own ten-day process.
May we all be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life.