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What is the name of the special prayerbook used on The High Holidays?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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It is called a "Machzor."

The word machzor means "cycle," and refers to the special prayerbooks used on the various holidays throughout the Jewish year-cycle. The Machzorim contain the prayers and liturgy unique to each holiday. Available on the market are machzorim for the High Holidays as well as each of the three major festivals--Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot.

The machzorim contain the prayers and liturgy unique to each holiday
Today, the majority of standard Siddurim also contain the festival prayers. However, due to the large volume of High Holiday unique prayers, they are not included in the standard Siddur. Thus most people only use machzorim on the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Click here to purchase a High Holiday machzor (Chabad version).


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Holidays » Rosh Hashanah » The Prayers

A Biblically mandated early-spring festival celebrating the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 1312 BCE.
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.
A seven day autumn festival commemorating the miracle of the Heavenly Clouds which enveloped the Jews while traveling in the desert for forty years. On this holiday we dwell in makeshift booths and shake the Four Species.
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.
Chabad, an acronym for Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding, is the name of a Chassidic Group founded in the 1770s. Two of the most fundamental teachings of Chabad are the intellectual pursuit of understanding the divine and the willingness to help every Jew who has a spiritual or material need.
Early summer festival marking the day when the Jews received the Torah at Mount Sinai in the year 2448 (1312 BCE).
Prayer book.
High Holiday prayerbook.
[Plural form of Siddur] Prayer books.
Plural form of machzor. High Holiday prayerbooks.