The Jewish High Holy Days
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most important of all Jewish Holidays and the only holidays that are purely religious, they are not tied to historical or natural events. They are observed in the fall season of the western calendar and the seventh month of the Jewish calendar – Tishri.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is observed on the first and second day of Tishri, the seventh month of the Jewish calender.
Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement, falls on the tenth day of Tishri. It is the most solemn day of the Jewish year.
Rosh Hashanah begins a 10 day period, known as the High Holy Days orYamim Nora’im, a time of penitence and prayer that ends with Yom Kippur. Jews worldwide are given these 10 days to repent for their sins and ask G-d for forgiveness.
“May you be inscribed in the Book of Life”
Is the common greeting during this period as it is believed that on Rosh Hashanah the destiny of all mankind is recorded by G-d in the Book of Life. On Yom Kippur the Book is closed and sealed. Those that have repented for their sins are granted a good and happy New Year.