Mahzor Contents

The High Holiday prayer book emphasize the themes of the Days of Awe--introspection, repentance, and the hope to be

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The final section of Ne'ilah includes a recitation of the Shema ("Hear O Israel…") followed by recitation of these lines: Barukh Shem K'vod ("Blessed be God's name…") three times, and Adonai Hu HaElohim ("Adonai is our God") seven times. We conclude with a long blast of the shofar.

Thus ends the period of the High Holidays. We begin with contrition and awe as we enter the courtroom for our trial. We end with the acceptance of our verdict, and the assertion that Adonai is our God--powerful, all knowing, and of course, compassionate.

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Rabbi Iscah Waldman

Rabbi Iscah Waldman is the director of education and family programming at Ansche Chesed in New York City.