Take the 2-minute tour ×
Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. It's 100% free, no registration required.

The Siddur we use for Yom Tov is known as a Machzor. What does it mean and where did this originate?

share|improve this question
1  
I've always assumed it comes from the other meaning of machzor, "cycle", since it's used periodically (cyclically). But I have no source. –  msh210 Oct 4 '11 at 18:17
    
msh210 - please put it in as an answer. –  Gershon Gold Oct 4 '11 at 18:26
    
Well, it's really nothing more than a guess. But very well. –  msh210 Oct 4 '11 at 18:38
    
"where did this originate" do you mean the word machzor, or the prayer-book? –  yydl Oct 4 '11 at 18:38
    
yydl beat me to it. :-) –  msh210 Oct 4 '11 at 18:39

2 Answers 2

up vote 2 down vote accepted

The Shulchan Aruch in OC 100 rules that prior to a holiday one must go over and prepare the text of the prayers so that he is familiar with them.

I suggest this is why holiday prayer books are called Machzor from the root Ch.Z.R. which can mean to review or to go over.

share|improve this answer

The word mahzor means "cycle" (the root Ħ-Z-R means "to return"). It is applied to the festival prayer book because the festivals recur annually.

from Wikipedia

share|improve this answer
1  
"Machzor" in modern Hebrew also refers to a woman's menstrual cycle. So, when checking to make sure that everyone attending services has a prayer book, never ask a woman in Hebrew "?יש לך מחזור" (Yes, this really happened. Yes, all involved were quite embarrassed.) –  user1095 Mar 27 '12 at 9:19

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.