The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are called the Ten Days of Repentance or עשרת ימי תשובת. The Ten Days of Repentance are those last few days before God really judges. It is kind of like a third chance in a way. Basically, Yom Kippur is when God seals the deal. He decides on that day if you deserve to be inscribed in the Book of Life based on what you did throughout the year. These ten days are about three things: Teshuvah, Tzedakah, and Tefillah. I will give you one example from each category on what I have done during the Ten Days of Repentance.
During these ten days, I did major Teshuvah, but here is some more detailed information on that.
I haven’t done much Tzedakah over the Ten Days of Repentance, but I have done a lot in the past few months. My mom, my dad, my brother, and I delivered homemade bagged lunches to he homeless downtown. Yes, this was for my mitzvah project, but my dad said we will probably start doing that once a month from now on. I really got a lot out of the experience and I will try to do it more over the course of this year.
For Tefillah during the Ten Days of Repentance, I have not done much I’m sad to say. I had a major operation in my mouth so I was not really able to pray with words, but I did pray with my heart and soul that I would get better. God answered my prayers because the operation went well and I’m feeling much better. Last night, I even led Havdalah. In the future, I hope to be more apart of tefillot and I hope that I will be able to lead service and get my Yad Shel Chai. I hope that all of you have a thoughtful and meaningful Yom Kippur!