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

It is called a "machzor." The word machzor means "cycle," and refers to the special prayerbooks used on the various holidays...

Anything different about the High Holiday Torah readings?

Yes, in fact the High Holiday readings are unique in several ways: • The melody (trop) used to read the Torah on these days is different than...

Why don't we say hallel on the high Holidays?

In the Talmud1   it says: Why [is there no hallel on Rosh Hashanah]? Rabbi Abahu says, "The ministering angels asked G-d: 'Master of the world:...

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak's Lessons on Prayer

The prayers on Rosh Hashanah differ from the rest of the year. Some passages appear unfamiliar, with words and sentences we are not accustomed to. While...

Why do we repeat "Hashem Hu Ha'Elokim" (G-d is the L-rd) seven times in the Neilah service?

Rabbi Eliezer G: Welcome to the Rabbi's one on one chat room, how can I help you today? sy: Why do we repeat _The Lord is G-d_ 7 times at the end of the...

Why does it cost so much for "tickets"? Is that the spirit of the day?

On Rosh Hashanah, the whole world is judged. It doesn't matter who has tickets (or the money to pay for them) or not. Because G-d values so much Jewish...

Why do we read the entire Book of Jonah on Yom Kippur?

Where else in the Bible do we find a story which demonstrates the power of teshuvah (repentance) as well as the Book of Jonah? An entire corrupt city was...

Can I make as many vows as I wish -- and retroactively nullify them during Kol Nidrei?!

If one makes a vow, while aware of what he/she said at Kol Nidrei, that effectively nullifies the Kol Nidrei. For by making the vow, the person is...

When and why do we recite Psalm 27?

Psalm 27 is recited twice daily from the first day of Rosh Chodesh Elul through the Holiday of Sukkot1. (Not including Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah).The...

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

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...