BUT in these intermediary days we still have a chance to be extra good and try to change God's mind. How? The prayerbook makes the astounding statement that
"Teshuva, tfillah, tsedakah--repentance, prayer, and charity/righteous deeds remove the severity of the evil decree."
The chanting of the eight century old prayer Unetaneh Tokef, "Let us express the mighty holiness of this day," is a high point of the Yom Kippur liturgy. Here is a part of it:
. . . "On Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed, and on Yom Kippur it is sealed: how many shall pass on, and how many shall be born; who shall live, and who shall die; who in his time, and who before his time; who by fire and who by water; who by sword and who by beast; who by hunger and who by thirst; who by storm and who by plague; who by choking and who by stoning. Who shall rest, and who shall wander; who shall be tranquil and who shall be harassed; who shall be at peace and who shall suffer; who shall become poor, and who shall become rich; who shall fall and who shall rise. But repentance, prayer and charity revoke the evil decree!"