Saying “HaShalom”

Question

For the 10 Days of Repentance, in the Amidah, we say “hashalom” instead of “shalom” in certain places. Why? What is the difference in their meanings?

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  1. Here is what I could find. I hope you find it helpful.

    The Gematria of Hashalom is the same as Safriel Hamalach, which is the angel that writes the Jews in the Book of Life during the Aseres Yimei Teshuvah (the ten days of repentance) (Source: Pri Eitz Chaim, brought in Kaf Hachaim)

    Hagahos Mordechai, Masechta Rosh Hashanah 720: Safiriel is the Gematria of Oseh, and Oseh is the Gematria of Hashalom. Alternatively, this hints to the kindness of Hashem that swerves the judgment to merit in a case where the sins and merits are equal, and the verse states “Maaseh Hatzedaka Shalom.”

    Some write that according to the Kabalists one is not to change the dialect in Kaddish and is rather to always say “Oseh Shalom” as is said during the year. The change is made only by the end of Shemoneh Esrei. (Kaf Hachaim 56/38; Alef Hamagen 582/37)

    Sefardim are accustomed to only recite Oseh Hashalom in the Kaddish Titkabel that follows the Shemoneh Esrei. They do not recite it by other Kaddeishim. (See Moed Lekol Chai 13/69; Piskei Teshuvot 582/9; Yalkut Yosef Moadim p. 26.)

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