The ten days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur is a time that is set aside for t’shuvah – a time when we are told to “seek Hashem when He can be found.” Many have asked: Why do these days not come before Rosh HaShanah when we stand in judgment before G-d? Wouldn’t it make sense to do t’shuvah first and then be judged? Additionally, Rosh HaShanah itself actually marks the beginning of the Ten Days of Repentance. Yet, there is no specific mention of t’shuvah in any of its unique t’filos or rituals.

The answer is that Rosh HaShanah is a time for t’shuvah – but it’s of a different sort.

Hashem said: Recite before Me on Rosh HaShanah [the verses of] Malchiyus (Kingship)… so that you will make Me King over you.

On Rosh HaShanah, Hashem implores us to Make Him King. But He asks that we do this exactly as we are at the moment, with all of our flaws, confusions, anxieties, anger, dependencies, and desires.

Our goal is to be in this very place of imperfection, and from here declare that there is a Ribbono Shel Olam Who is directing the whole world and every minute detail of our lives, and there is a purpose to every experience that we have – positive and negative, internal and external.

With the blowing of the shofar, we connect to a wordless cry, a deep inner yearning to break free from that which holds us down and distracts us from that which we know to be true. We are instantly reunited with a surging desire to return to our Source and to reveal the intense, pure Light that shines within us.

At that very moment, we personally restore the King of Kings to His Throne at a time when so many do not know Him.

In the process, we are uplifted to unimaginable heights, and Hashem Himself dresses us in the most precious and splendid garments.

In this high position, all of our flaws cease to exist. At this moment, we are as we are meant to be.

After Rosh HaShanah, all of our yearnings on Rosh HaShanah create a tiny impression, and from that tiny impression, Hashem makes a wide opening so that the light of t’shuvah can flow in from Above. It is this Divine Light that strengthens and guides us to t’shuvah over the coming days.

The Ten Days of Repentance are days of introspection and work. Our goal is to get closer to reaching the heights of Rosh HaShanah and merit a good and sweet new year ahead.

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List of People Who Need a R’fuah Sh’leimah (a complete recovery)


Please recite Psalms 20, 30, 88, 121, and 130.


Boris Baruch ben Frecha Frida

Alter Shmuel ben Chavah Leah

Chaim Avraham ben Shifrah Zisel

Yehudah Yudel ben Miriam Gittel

Chaim Yitzchak ben Feiga Hinda

Yitzchak Chaim ben Altoon Aura

Yosef Yitzchak ben Gittel

Eliezer ben Roma

Yosef Ezriel ben Chayah Michal

Aharon ben Feiga

Menachem Mendel ben Gitta Perel

Moshe ben Rachel

Yitzchak Nissim ben Luna

David ben Zina Priyev

Yosef ben Zackie

Yehoshua ben Miriam

Asher ben Rima

Tinok ben Chanah

Yechiel Nasan ben Sarah

Chaim Shmuel ben Leah

Shlomo Chaim ben Liza

Meir Moshe ben Ilanah

David Yehudah ben Maya Mazal

Avraham Refael ben Esther

Yisrael Meir ben Daphne Bruriah

Rafael ben Zilpah

Eitan Moshe ben Tal

Moshe ben Shoshanah

Gavriel ben Simi

Barel ben Nitzah

Miriam bas Orah

Esther Pesel bas Beila Chayah

Minna Rivkah bas Chanah Frahdl

Tovah Yocheved bas Esther Bukas

Ruchamah Perel Malkah Leah bas Chanah Serel

Esther Hadassah bas Devorah

Leah bas Malkah

Avigayil bas Sarah

Ronit bas Olga

Perel bas Nechamah

Tehilah Hadassah bas Elanah

Berta Duchtar bas Rivkah

Avivah bas Yehudis

Chanah Chayah bas Rivkah Breina

Rivkah Esther bas Nina Naomi

Miriam bas Esther

Casey Naomi bas Larisa

Shaindel Frana bas Gittel

Mahnaz Ilanit bas Nosrat

Yaffah bas Nava Natali

Pnir bas Sarah

Alana bas Esther

Hadassah Liana bas Chavah Brachah

Shulamis bas Esther

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