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Making the Machzor an Open Book

In-depth study of the High Holiday prayers

 Intermediate

Each lecture presents a fascinating anthology of a particular part of the unique liturgy of the Machzor, delving into the history, structure and deeper meanings of the prayerful literary tapestry we call Davening. This series is sure to make your praying experience more profound on Rosh Hashanah!

G-d’s Way in Judgement
Audio | 1:04:43
Intermediate
G-d’s Way in Judgement
The Prayer of L’keil Orach Din
Recited alternately in the Shacharit and Musaf services on both days of Rosh Hashanah, its focus is G-d’s way in judgement. Crack the code and discover the secret keys for unlocking favor and mercy on the Day of Judgement!
Our Declaration of Faith
Audio | 1:14:31
Intermediate
Our Declaration of Faith
The Prayer of V’chol Ma’aminim
Recited in the repetition of the Musaf Amidah on both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, it highlights our universal beliefs about G-d's organic relationship with humanity. Discover the fascinating code embedded within this piyut, and a novel understanding of its rich meaning.
Casting Away Our Sins
Audio | 1:02:37
Intermediate
Casting Away Our Sins
The Prayer of Tashlich
Recited on the first afternoon of Rosh Hashanah near a body of water, preferably containing live fish; it expresses prayerful hope that G-d cast our sins into the murky depths of the sea and is rich in symbolic and mystical meaning.
This is My G-d!
Audio | 1:12:53
Intermediate
This is My G-d!
The Prayer of Attah Hu Elokeinu
Recited in the repetition of the Shacharit Amidah on both days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, this foundational piyut (poetic prayer) inaugurates the other piyutim by offering special praise to G-d. Although its author remains a mystery, we learn much about its extraordinary structure that is filled with insight, scholarship and profound spirituality.
Whose Watery World Is It?
L'David Mizmor, Part 1
Who Will Ascend?
Audio | 1:11:18
Who Will Ascend?
L'David Mizmor, Part 2
Studying Tehillim: Chapter 24, Part 3
L'David Mizmor, Part 3
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