Forgive and Forgetting on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur

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‘The nature of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur suggest that we must forgive and forget.’ During the month prior to the festivals, many rituals occur, in an attempt to wipe ones record free of sins. However, some could believe that the two festivals should not be the only time for this, and in some circumstances we aren’t able to repair our sins. The 1st of Tishri comes after the month of Ellul. Ellul is a time we Jews must spend preparing ourselves for judgement by correcting wrong doings throughout the year and getting ready to renew our promises to God for the New Year. Rosh Hashana falls on the 1st and 2nd of Tishri, and Yom Kippur preparations begin on the 9th however the festival begins the next day. The two festivals can be referred to as ‘Days of Awe’ – two stages in the process of judgement; G-d valuating our wrong and right actions over the year, and atonement; to be forgiven or pardoned. It is believed that upon this day, annually, G-d takes note of every person’s bad deeds to then decide what will be their fortune in the coming year. Furthermore, a ritual named Tashlikh helps us reflect even more. Families go to a nearby stream where water flows, and empty their pockets into the stream, as if to cast of their sins. This practice occurs because of the passage in the book of the prophet Micah, which tells us to ‘tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea’. It helps to feel as if you have let everything go and are just a new pure self. Rosh Hashana literally translates to ‘head of the year’ and it can also be known as the Jewish New Year. It is the first day of the year, and Jews want to begin it with a fresh start and a clean record and not still have to be suffering for small things we accidently did. The word Teshuvah can be translated to ‘return’. This signifies that one may return to their original state. Every Jew must do Teshuvah, and in the Tenakh is state a whole day should be spent doing it. There are four steps...
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