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Why No Avinu Malkeinu on Shabbat?

Why No Avinu Malkeinu on Shabbat?

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Question:

Why do we omit Avinu Malkeinu from the Yom Kippur prayers when Yom Kippur is on a Saturday?

Response:

One of the highlights of the High Holiday service, the Avinu Malkeinu is a beautiful prayer in which we beseech G‑d for healing, sustenance and other things that we need. On Shabbat we do not say prayers that directly ask G‑d for our needs. This is because referring to the material things that we lack can cause us distress, something that is inconsistent with the Shabbat atmosphere of pleasure and bliss. For this reason we do not say Avinu Malkeinu on Yom Kippur if it is also Shabbat.

Please let me know if this helps.

Best regards,

Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson


Source:
Code of Jewish Law OC 584:5.
Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson is a writer who lives with his family in Brooklyn, N.Y.
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irene Vzla October 31, 2015

Thanks for explain the point "On Shabbat we do not say prayers that directly ask G‑d for our needs" Reply

philip washington dc October 4, 2014

how about singing the familiar (and gorgeous) tune of Avinu Makeinu in the yom kippur/shabbat service as a niggun (i.e, no words asking for healing) ? Reply

Moshiach WestBank, BC/Canada October 12, 2011

2 reasons I can think of-speculation only
1)Neila is the holiest time of the year -the most concentrated time of Yom Kippur so therefore its appropriate to ask G-d for whatever you need being this is the time of absolute unity
2)by the time Avinu Malkeinu is recited it is generally nightfall at the time (the emergence of 3 stars)and therefore not being Shabbos anymore A"M can be recited.
Moshiach Now! Reply

Anonymous Jerusalem September 27, 2017
in response to Moshiach:

I believe Mussaf is holier than Neila

It is said at Neila since it is considered Pikuach Nefesh Reply

Aaron Levitt Bronx, NY September 20, 2010

Don't we ask to be inscribed... in the Book of Life and things of that sort, even when Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat? Assuming I'm not misremembering, why the difference? Reply

Erica PA September 19, 2010

Neilah? So then why do we say Avinu Malkeinu during the Neilah prayer? Reply

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