(The Days of Awe)
The 10 days in between the two great holy days:
Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
The ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe or the Days of Repentance. These are the days given to Israel to prepare to meet the Lord. They became known as the Yamim Noraim, The Days of Awe.
This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.
It was believed that in these days your final destiny was sealed in the Book of Life.
One of the ongoing themes of the Days of Awe is the concept that G-d has "books" that He writes our names in, writing down who will live and who will die, who will have a good life and who will have a bad life, for the next year. These books are written in on Rosh Hashanah, but our actions during the Days of Awe can alter G-d's decree. The actions that change the decree are "teshuvah, tefilah and tzedakah," repentance, prayer, and good deeds (usually, charity). These "books" are sealed on Yom Kippur.
This concept of writing in books is the source of the common greeting during this time:
L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem (May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year)
So, Jewish people have spent these days with great reverence....getting right with God and man.
TODAY is part of your Yamim Noraim...Days of Awe. These are days that are even more awesome than eternity...the days of eternity do not determine your days on earth, but your days on earth determine your days of eternity.
Use your Days of Awe wisely. Get right with God, move closer to Him, and love Him with all your heart. Eliminate the compromising. Bless and love others and make your 'Days of Awe' AWESOME DAYS!
Shalom and blessings