Friday, October 7, 2011

A look into the YOM KIPPUR MACHZOR


A brief look into the Machzor (Prayer Book) of the Jewish Holiday YOM KIPPUR

We are praying the entire Machzor on Yom Kippur. It includes the first Ma'ariv (evening prayer) after Yom Kippur began, the morning service "Shacharit", the afternoon service "Mincha", the Ne'ilah Service (Closing the Gates) as well as the last Ma'ariv Service after the blowing of the Shofar and Havdalah.

The beginning of the Shacharit morning service with the HAMELECH - The King - Prayer.G - d is "sitting" on His thrown and judging the Jews.

Again and again: The "Vidui - Confession" of our sins (Al Chet she chatanu lifane'icha").

Almost at the very end, the Kehilla is crying out: SHEMA ISRAEL. We are announcing G - d as the ONE and ONLY G - d. The paragraph following is a bit unusual because, throughout the year, we are saying the part of the SHEMA ISRAEL, "Baruch Shem Kavod Malchuto Le'Olam va'Ed", with a low voice. However, on Yom Kippur, the Kehillah is saying it out loud. Afterwards we are saying out loud "Ado - nai Hu HaE - lo - him" (seven times).

Photos: Miriam Woelke

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