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Jewish Holidays

Full Text of U’Netaneh Tokef

June 28, 2006, by

The Full Text (Scanned from the ArtScroll Rosh HaShanah Machzor) The following is the full translated text of the great prayer, “U’Netaneh Tokef,” attributed to Rabbi Amnon of Mainz, as related to Rabbi Klonimus ben Meshullam THE ARK BEING OPEN: Congregation and chazzan: So now, the Kedushah prayer shall ascend to You, for You, our […]

U’Netaneh Tokef: Background and History

June 28, 2006, by

“Let Us Tell How Utterly Holy This Day Is“ The Background The prayer entitled “U’Netaneh Tokef” is attributed to a Rabbi Amnon of Mainz, Germany, who lived about one thousand years ago. The story behind this piyut, a prayer-poem, is sad and poignant, and may shed light on the prayer itself. The Bishop of Mainz summoned […]

Yom Kippur: A Day to Become Close to God

June 22, 2006, by

Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai said concerning a king, “Should he fine me, his penalty is not eternal” for I would be able to earn more money. “Should he imprison me, his imprisonment is not eternal” for he might die and his successor will release me. “Should he kill me, my death is not eternal for […]

Reflections on Teshuva

October 11, 2005, by

Rabbi Tzvi Flaum (Senior Rabbi, Congregation Knesset Israel, Far Rockaway, NY) visits Young Israel of Jamaica Estates to deliver an inspiring message of Teshuva, according to the Rav’s conceptual analysis.

Selichot prior to Rosh HaShanah (Part 2)

January 18, 2005, by

The custom of saying selichot (penitential prayers) during the Days of Repentance is quite an ancient one, and is mentioned already in the time of the Geonim, who lived only a few generations after the last Amoraim (sages of the Talmud). The Ran (commentary on the Rif on Rosh HaShanah 3a) mentions three different customs […]

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