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Why do we say the verse "Baruch shem kevod..." out loud on Yom Kippur?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus


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The entire year we say this passage in an undertone because Moses “stole” the prayer from the angels. We therefore say it low so that they should not hear it. On Yom Kippur, however, we are like angels (we don’t eat or drink; we dress in white; devote the entire day to prayer)—so we can say it as loud as we want.1

[Ed. note: Also read "Why do we say the words "Baruch Shem kevod malchuto le'olam va'ed" ("Blessed be the Name of the glory of His kingdom forever and ever") quietly after the Shema prayer?"]


  • 1. Tur Chapter 619.


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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.
[Hebrew pronunciation: Moshe] Greatest prophet to ever live. Led the Jews out of Egyptian bondage amidst awesome miracles; brought down the Tablets from Mount Sinai; and transmitted to us word-for-word the Torah he heard from G-d's mouth. Died in the year 1272 BCE.