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Dear Traditions Helpline,

What is the origin of the greeting “May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year”?

Signed,

I’m Getting Ready for the High Holy Days

Answer:

One of the themes of the high holidays is that God has books where our deeds are recorded. In the prayer we recite on the high holidays, the Unetaneh tokef, it states that on Rosh Hashanah it is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. The ten days between these holidays are known as the Days of Awe. We are to look at our sins and through acts of teshuvah (repentance), tefilah (prayer) and tzedkah (good deeds or charity) we can change God’s decree.

 

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