The Ten Days Of Repentance Window

Repentance whole hi-resJacob wrestles with God in the form of an angelic stranger. Jacob’s hip is wrenched in the struggle, and the stranger renames him Israel, “he who struggles with God”.

Overlaid is Jacob’s dream of a ladder stretching like a thread from earth to heaven. Upon the ladder are angels ascending and descending. These images are pertinent to the ten days of Repentance in that our struggles to do right or wrong are embodied in our actions in the real world, not just our thoughts.

The Gates of Repentance are open to us and the scrolls of the Book of Life are laid out. We ascend or descend according to our deeds. In this depiction, the ladder has 613 rungs, according to Jewish tradition, this is the number of commandments in the Torah.