The Days of Awe

The Meaning and Customs

By Betty Cochran
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Posted in Days of AweJewish Holidays on January 29, 2018

During the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews everywhere spend time in serious reflection on how their lives have been spent the past year. This involves going to a brother or sister and asking forgiveness, and, where warranted, being humble enough to make restitution. Sometimes both are required.

During the “Days of Awe,” there are several special prayers called “S’lihot” prayers. The meaning in Hebrew is “forgive me.” There is also a ceremony called “Tashlich” meaning “to cast or to throw.” Usually, small pieces of bread are thrown into moving water to symbolize G-d casting our sins into the deepest sea. Bread has leaven which has always signified sin in scripture. G-d has promised He would cast our sins into the sea, to be remembered no more.

One of the delicious traditions of the season is the dipping of apple slices in honey. When you visit the home of a friend, you are likely to be met with an offering of apple slices and a bowl of honey.This signifies tasting the sweetness of the coming new year!