High Holy Days: A Commentary on the Prayerbook of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur



Rabbi Kieval’s comprehensive commentaries reflect his dedicated concern that congregants should  have a deeper understanding of the liturgy… Readers, both lay and professional, will be grateful to the Schechter Institute for republishing the Rosh Hashanah commentary, together with his long-awaited commentary on the Kol Nidre service. The volume is also valuable for anyone interested in learning even more about a specific text or theme, through the many sources to which Rabbi Kieval leads us through his notes, published at the back of each section.
-Rabbi Jules Harlow, editor of the Mahzor for Rosh  Hashanah and Yom Kippur and of Siddur Sim Shalom

Rabbi Hayyim Kieval’s book on the liturgy of the High Holy Days was and is a seminal work on this subject that is indispensable to anyone who wishes to understand the Mahzor. It is a wonderful gift to finally have the entire work in print and to be able to learn and be inspired by the words of this master scholar.
-Rabbi Professor Reuven Hammer, author of Entering the High Holy Days and of Or Hadash: A Commentary on Siddur Sim Shalom

Rabbi Hayyim Kieval’s studies of the liturgy of Rosh Hashanah enriched his congregants’ experience of the High Holy Days, served as the basis for training a generation of hazzanim, and were the source for many rabbis seeking insights into the prayers of our people … Kol hakavod to the Schechter Institute for bringing the previously unpublished Kol Nidre volume to press in combination with the out-of-print Rosh Hashanah volume. This is a book to buy and bring along to High Holy Day services.
-Rabbi Dr. Baruch Frydman-Kohl, Senior Rabbi, Beth Tzedec Congregation, Toronto

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Hayyim Herman Kieval


Monique Susskind Goldberg, Prof. David Golinkin



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