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The Ten Days



It is the custom in all Israel, in the ten days between Yom TeruĎah and Yom HaKippurim, to rise in the night and to recite prayers of confession and supplication, in order to obtain forgiveness of sins. Although man should practice repentance at all times, during these ten days especially he should scrutinize his deeds, since he cannot offer true repentance on Yom HaKippurim while his sin is yet in his hand. There are even some sin-fearing persons who also fast these ten days. All these are commendable customs and may be practiced in order that when Yom HaKippurim, which is devoted especially to the atonement of sins, arrives, men may be ready with complete repentance, so that they may obtain forgiveness and atonement for all that they have sinned...