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The Library has a vast collection of materials on the High Holidays, from early Reform prayerbooks from the 1800's to modern holiday "survival guides." See the categories below for how to find materials by browsing our shelves or searching in the HUC-JIR catalog.


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Prayer books can be found in the stacks under: BM 675 H5 (High Holidays)  ; BM 675 R6.7 (Rosh ha-Shanah) ; BM 675 Y5.8 (Yom Kippur) 

Mishkan haNefesh : Machzor the Days of Awe / CCAR 2015 BM 675 H5 Z6.67 2015

Commentaries/Guides to the Liturgy

Justice and Mercy : Commentary on the Liturgy of the New Year and the Day of Atonement / Max Arzt. BM 695 N5A8

Prayer and Penitence : Commentary on the High Holy Day Machzor / Jeffrey M. Cohen. BM 675 H5Z7.2 1994

Entering the High Holy Days : a Guide to the Origins, Themes, and Prayers  / by Reuven Hammer. BM 675 H5 Z7.28 1998

Works on the Holidays

Yom Kippur Anthology / Philip Goodman. BM 695 A8 G6.6 

Rosh Hashanah Anthology / Philip Goodman. BM 695 N5G6 

Building Jewish life--Rosh ha-Shanah/Yom Kippur / Joel Lurie   Grishaver. BM 693 H5 G75 1987 <br>

Beginning Anew : a Woman's Companion to the High Holy Days /  edited by Gail Twersky Reimer and Judith A. Kates. BM 693 H5B4.4 1997 

A faithful heart : preparing for the High Holy Day : study text based  on the midrash Maaseh Avraham avinu / Benjamin Levy. BM 517M1.93  2001 

Questions and Answers on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur / Jeffrey  M. Cohen. BM 693 H5C5.6 1997 

Rosh hashanah Yom Kippur Survival Kit / Shimon Apisdor. BM 693 H5A8 1992


High Holiday   BM 746

Rosh ha-Shanah BM 747 R6    

Other sources

Sefer ha-Agadah (Book of Legends) Ref BM 516 B5.4E5 1992

Moments of Transcendence : Inspirational Reading for Yom Kippur  / edited by Dov Peretz Elkins BM 695 A8M6.6 1992

Moments of Transcendence : Inspirational Reading for Rosh Hashanah / edited by Dov Peretz Elkins BM 695 N5M6.7 1992


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Shire teshuvah = Songs of repentance. (Musical settings to prayers  in the Gates of Repentance) M 2187.1 S5.5 2000

Recorded music

Shirei T’shuva = Songs of repentance / UAHC. 

Yamim Noraim = Days of Awe / UAHC.

Birthday of the world / Western Wind, Leonard Nimoy, narrator. 

Selihot la-Yamim ha-nora'im be-nusah Yerushalmi / mi-pi ha-.hazanim  ‘Ezra Yar.hi v-Mordekhai Kohen.


Recipe IconRecipes

Explore our collection of Jewish Cookbooks that include both traditional and modern holiday recipes.


Study materials iconStudy and teaching materials

Search the catalog under YOM KIPPUR--STUDY AND TEACHING and ROSH HASHANAH--STUDY AND TEACHING or check with the Tartak Learning Center for more educational materials (Tartak@huc.edu)


Recommended websites

High holidays

Days of Awe at Judaism 101 / by Tracey Rich

This site give a good basic overview of the Days of Awe with links to overviews of Yom Kippur and Rosh HaShanah.

Explore Yom Kippur at Reform Judaism

This site has the history of the holiday, customs, prayers, family activities, recipes, social justice, & e-mail cards.

Music at the National Library of Israel

Their playlist of streamable music includes selections of the High Holidays services from all over the world.

Rosh ha-Shanah at My Jewish Learning

This site contains articles in the areas of the basics, food, prayers, and traditions and rituals. 

Rosh ha-Shanah at Reform Judaism

This rich site has the history and description of the holidays, preperations, customs, prayers, family activities, recipes, social justice, and e-mailable holiday cards.

Yom Kippur at My Jewish Learning

This site contains articles in the areas of the basics, fasting and food, prayer, and repentance and change.