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


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.

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Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson

Code of Jewish Law OC 584:5.