During the ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews everywhere spend time in serious reflection on how their lives have been spent the past year. This involves going to a brother or sister and asking forgiveness, and where warranted, making restitution. The Christian church today seems to have forgotten the act of restitution. They feel that asking forgiveness is enough. However, they need to humble themselves enough to do both.
During the “Days of Awe“, there are several special prayers called “S’lihot” prayers. The meaning in Hebrew is “forgive me.” There is also a ceremony called “Tashlich” meaning to cast or to throw. Usually, small pieces of bread are thrown into moving water to symbolize G-d casting our sins into the deepest sea. Bread has leaven which has always signified sin in scripture. G-d has promised He would cast our sins into the sea to be remembered no more.
One of the delicious traditions of the season is the dipping of apple slices in honey. This signifies tasting the sweetness of the coming year. When you visit the home of a friend, you are likely to be met with an offering of apple slices and a bowl of honey.
– Betty Cochran