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Aug 22, 1995 | ISBN 9780805210484

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“When you read Days of Awe, at home or in the synagogue, think of Agnon as an old Jew from a world now vanished who happens to sit down next to you. He begins to tell you a tale, a parable, or a custom . . . that will open your heart to the splendor and richness, alongside the terror and awe, with which Jews have crowned this season.”
—from the Foreword by Arthur Green

Table Of Contents

FOREWORD BY Arthur Green • vii
INTRODUCTION BY Judah Goldin • xix
PREFACE: The Argument of the Work • xliii
I. The Motive of Rosh ha-Shanah • 11
II. Elul: A Month of Preparation • 16
III. The Sabbath before Rosh ha-Shanah • 26
IV. Selihot: Penitential Prayers • 30
V. The Eve of Rosh ha-Shanah: “Remember the Covenant: • 38
VI. The Evening and Its Service • 48
VII. The Morning and Its Service • 56
VIII. The Blast of the Ram’s-Horn • 64
IX. The Additional Prayer: Kingships, Remembrances, Ram’s-Horns • 81
X. The Afternoon: The Casting • 92
XI. The Second Day of Rosh ha-Shanah • 100
I. Seek Ye the Lord • 109
II. The Laws and Customs of the Ten Days of Teshuvah • 122
III. The Fast of Gedaliah • 130
IV. The Sabbath of Return • 130
V. The Thirteen Qualities • 141
VI. The Eve of Yom Kippur • 147
VII. The Afternoon Prayer for the Eve of Yom Kippur • 165
VIII. The Final Preparations for Yom Kippur • 167

I. The Significance of the Day • 183
II. Restriction • 190
III. Before Kol Nidre • 203
IV. Kol Nidre and the Night of Yom Kippur • 210
V. The Gates of Compassion • 225
Vi. The Morning Service and the Memorial Prayer • 237
VII. The Additional Prayer: The Service of the High Priest • 237
VIII. The Afternoon Prayer • 261
IX. Neilah: The Closing of the Gates • 265
X. ‘Hear O Israel’ and the Final Blast • 267
XI. The Close of Yom Kippur • 272

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