High Holidays

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Mahzor Contents: A Guide to the High Holidays Prayers

The High Holiday prayer book emphasize the themes of the Days of Awe — introspection and repentance

Yom Kippur

Kol Nidrei: The Power of Words

Why does the holiest day of the Jewish year begin with a dry legal formula renouncing vows?

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The Mahzor, or High Holiday Prayer Book

A prayer book for the High Holidays.

The Yom Kippur Confession (Viddui)

A first step toward repairing a wrong.

Kol Nidrei

The evening service of Yom Kippur is named after this declaration

Unetanah Tokef

A religious poem recited on the High Holidays that is meant to strike fear in us.

Avinu Malkeinu

The prayer for "our father, our king," said on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

The Shofar Blasts

The ram's horn is blown on the High Holidays in three specific ways.

Hineni: A Prayer for the Ability to Pray

This meditation traditionally recited by the cantor on the High Holidays is unique for being worded in the first-person singular.

Text of Tashlich

This prayer is traditionally recited on Rosh Hashanah by a flowing body of water.

Rosh Hashanah Musaf Amidah

The additional Amidah contains the major themes of the holiday season.

The Differences Between Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur

There is a change of mood from the beginning to the end of the 10 days of repentance.

Confessing Our Sins

The two prayers, Ashamnu and Al Chet constitute the Jewish confession.

Perspectives on Avinu Malkeinu, the Classic High Holiday Prayer

Different aspects of this popular and fascinating liturgy.

Text of Avinu Malkeinu

This series of petitions addressed to "Our Father, Our King," is recited on Yom Kippur and other fast days.