The Yamim Noraim are very different from our other Jewish yearly events. There are not parties and carnivals; there are not stories of miracles, heroes, and the history of the Jewish people. There are not very many tangible symbols or special songs. What there are long synagogue services, unfamiliar prayers, and very difficult themes like repentance, justice, and mercy. Though these holidays can be so difficult, still this is the time that synagogues overflow with daveners, families come together as adult children come home, people send greeting cards, and one can often feel the buzz of the holiday season in a Jewish way.