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Why is the day after Yom Kippur called “Gu-tt’s Nuhmen”?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus

  

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Gu-tts’s Nuhmen is Yiddish for “G-d’s Name.” For the ten days starting with Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur, we amend one of the passages in the Amidah prayer. Instead of saying “blessed are You...the holy G-d,” we say “blessed are You...the holy King.” During these ten days, we emphasize G-d’s kingship and accept His sovereignty upon us, recognizing that He is the Ultimate Existence and that without Him we are naught.

After Yom Kippur we revert to saying “the holy G-d,” hence: Gu-tt’s Nuhmen.1

Footnotes

  • 1. Source: Geulat Yisroel.

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Rosh Hashanah
The Jewish New Year. An early autumn two day holiday marking the creation of Adam and Eve. On this day we hear the blasts of the ram's horn and accept G-d's sovereignty upon ourselves and the world. On Rosh Hashanah we pray that G-d should grant us all a sweet New Year.
Yom Kippur
Day of Atonement. This late-autumn high-holiday is the holiest day of the year. We devote this day to repentance and all healthy adults are required to fast.
Amidah
Highlight of every prayer, recited silently while standing. Weekday Amidah consists of nineteen blessings, Sabbath and holiday Amidah contains seven blessings.
Yiddish
Language closely related to German commonly spoken by European Jews.
G-d
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.