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The Rambam says if someone's virtues-vs-sins balance is even as of Rosh Hashanah, their verdict happens on yom kippur. If they did teshuva in those ten days, they get a pass; if not, they don't.

Question is, why teshuva necessarily? Just do lots more good deeds in that period!

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Many answers given.


  • The season is so supportive of repentance (dirshu Hashem behimatz'o), that to not repent is itself a mega-wrongdoing that would outweigh a lot of good.
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    I don't really see how answer #1 ties in with RAK's practice with regard to buying Arba Minim. But it happens to be that I've heard this answer in the name of RAK! (From R' Akiva Tatz, I think.) – Dave Sep 16 '10 at 19:00
  • Answer #2 is from R' Itzele Petterburger, one of the top talmidim of R' Yisrael Salanter. – Dave Sep 16 '10 at 19:01
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    Thanks Dave. I'd say it follows from answer #1 that lulav-buying does absolutely nothing for your 5770 balance; hence, let lulav-buying wait a few more days (5771 either way), and spend more time with introspection on your 5770 faults. – Shalom Sep 16 '10 at 19:12
  • I hear what you're saying... – Dave Sep 16 '10 at 19:40

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