A cobbler passed by the window of Rabbi Levi Yitzhak and called out, “Have you nothing to mend?” The rabbi began to cry,“Woe is me! Rosh Hashanah is almost here, and I have not yet mended myself!” (Zichron Ha’Rishonim)
According to Rabbi Kruspedai, in the name of Rabbi Yohanan, three books are opened on Rosh Hashanah: one for the wholly righteous; one for the wholly wicked; and one for those in between. The wholly righteous are inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life; the wicked in the Book of Death; and the rest are held suspended until Yom Kippur, when they are judged worthy or unworthy. The zodiac symbol for the Hebrew month of Tishri is, fittingly, a balance – the scales of justice.
When the Creation was established but still incomplete, humans had an important role: to fill the Earth with life and to sustain life at the highest level (Genesis 1:28). We became a partner with the Creator in tikkun olam – perfecting the world.