'Shana Tova Umeteukah' .
This Hebrew means a good and sweet new year. /3
This is a month where Jews prepare themselves for judgement in what is called the book of life.
As part of this many Jews analyse their deeds and the path they are heading on. /6
The purpose of this is to awaken souls from their slumber. /7
Selichot are poetic communal prayers sung melodiously asking for forgiveness, by making use of the 13 attributes of Mercy, which many Jews believe God revealed to Moses as a key to repentance. /8
The purpose of this is to relinquish themselves from promises made in the previous year. /9
Part of it is the belief of all thoughts, judgements and actions are judged in the book of life. For many Jews it is period of reflection. /10
a) Tekiyah - One long unbroken sound.
b) Shevarim - Three medium length sounds.
c) Teruah - Many short and quick sounds. /12