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“In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall observe complete rest, a sacred occasion proclaimed with loud blasts [of the
shofar]” Leviticus 23:24–25. The blast of the ram’s horn is a call to
attention to examine our behavior over the past year and to repent for our transgressions. On Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, everyone is judged by God based on his or her actions during the previous year. The resulting judgment is inscribed in the Book of Life and a person’s future is determined for the following year. Though that judgment is inscribed, it is not yet sealed and can still be changed at least for another ten days, when on Yom Kippur, God seals the book for the next year.