The Rosh Hashanah Anthology

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GLOSSARY OF ROSH HASHANAH TERMS
AXEDAH (binding). Generally refers to the binding of Isaac by Abraham when the latter was ready to offer his son as a sacrifice. Genesis 22.1-24, which describes this episode, is the Scripture reading for the second day of Rosh Hashanah.
AMIDAH (standing). The prayers recited silently while standing.
ASERET YEME TESHUVAH (ten days of repentance). The ten-day period from Rosh Hashanah through Yom Kippur.
BAAL TEKIAH (master of blowing). The person who sounds the shofar.
DAYS OF AWE. See YAMIM NORAIM.
ELUL. The sixth Hebrew month preceding Rosh Hashanah, a prelude to the High Holy Days.
HATARAT NEDARIM (annulment of vows). Confession and annulment of vows and resolutions, traditionally performed on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.
HIGH HOLY DAYS. See YAMIM NORAIM.
KEROVAH (prayer). Poetical interpolation in the Amidah.
LE-SHANAH TOVAH TIRATEV VE-TEHATEM (May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year). Traditional greeting on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.
MAHZOR (cycle). Book of prayers for the cycle of holy days and festivals throughout the year; also applied to the individual parts of the yearly liturgy in which piyyutim are included.
MALKHUYOT (Kingship verses). A portion of the Rosh Hashanah liturgy

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