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Entering the High Holy Days: A Complete Guide to the History, Prayers, and Themes

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A National Jewish Book Award Winner

The High Holy Days—Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—are for many Jews the highlight of the Jewish year. The liturgy for the Days of Awe are the longest and most complex of the year, leaving a large number of attendees without a complete understanding of the occasion's significance. Entering The High Holy Days provides historical background an

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Paperback, 252 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by The Jewish Publication Society
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Margaret Klein
Jul 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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This book is a very helpful book for adding knowledge behind the prayers of the High Holiday season. While there is not much in terms of kavanot (intention), it does a great job in helping us understand the historical significance and context of many of the prayers. This was my second time reading the book. Initially I picked it up to better understand Seder Avodah. Then found I used it all the way through the season. For explaining Kol Nidre, Unetaneh Tokef, Yizkor, Eileh Ezcarah and Selichot. ...more
Dmcconkey
Oct 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this read very much. It gives the history of the High Holy Days: from Rosh Hoshanah until the Day of Atonement from Biblical times and how it has evolved till present days. It also gives a detailed of the order and composition of the services during these special days in the Jewish calendar. I highly recommend this book, one you will read and return to for reference often.
Patrick
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A fantastic guide to understanding and preparing for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. Best read with a machzor at your side for reference.
Ben Kintisch
Time for yontif? Read this and you won't be so bored during High Holiday services. Or maybe less bored? No guarantees, but Hammer rules.
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