The "Keseh" Conundrum https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/religion-holidays/2015/09/the-keseh-conundrum/

There are three Hebrew expressions for the days from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur. Two are well-known. The third? No one’s quite sure what it means.

September 16, 2015 | Philologos
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There are three Hebrew expressions for the days from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur. Two are well-known: aseret y’mey t’shuvah, “the ten days of penitence,” and ha-yamim ha-nora’im, “the awesome days” or “days of awe.” The third, beyn keseh l’asor, “between keseh and the tenth [of the month of Tishrei],” is used less frequently, perhaps because Jewish tradition has always had its doubts about it.

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