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What are the Three Themes of Rosh Hashanah?

In the Musaf Amidah of Rosh Hashanah we include three unique sections, each containing liturgies and verses (from Torah, Neviim and...

Do we wear Tallit and Tefillin on the High Holidays?

As is the case with every Biblical holiday, the tallit is worn but not the tefillin. See On which days of the year don't we put the tefillin on? In...

What are the Torah Readings for the High Holidays?

Rosh Hashanah On the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we read from Genesis1 -- the story of Isaac's birth. The reading begins with the words,...

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 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 don't we mention Rosh Chodesh in the Rosh Hashanah prayers?

a. The verse says (Psalms 81:4), "Blow the shofar at the moon's renewal, at the time appointed ("bakeseh") for our festive day."...

I thought it strange that in the Rosh Hashanah prayers G-d considers Ephraim to be His favorite son...

1. Ephraim represents the Ten Tribes who were exiled by the king of Assyria, because Jeroboam, the first king of the Ten Tribes was from the tribe of...