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Ein Kelokeinu isn't in my Yom Kippur Machzor, and as far as I can recall, it is not said in Shul after Musaf [or any time, for that matter]. Why is this so?

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In the Chabad machzor it's in Neilah – Shmuel Brin Oct 9 '11 at 4:47
What tom smith said; also, some Ashk'nazi congregations say it at the end of musaf. However, +1 for the question: in my (limited) experience and according to the ArtScroll nusach S'farad machzor most nusach S'farad congregations do not say it. – msh210 Oct 9 '11 at 6:54
Rinat Yisrael (which is considered authoritative in many regions) does have it, both in nusach Ashkenaz and Sfarad (don't know about Edot Mizrach)... – AviD Oct 9 '11 at 7:28
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Mishna B'rura 622:5 (in my own free translation) explains the Rama's ruling that it's not said with the following explanation:

That's because on Shabas it's said to complete the discrepancy of 100 b'rachos, which is not necessary on Yom Kipur due to the plethora of praises we say. The make-up of the k'tores also needn't be said, as it's included in the avoda in musaf. But it seems it's better to say it in private so as to enumerate the spices, which are not mentioned in the avoda (Taz), and the Magen Avraham also says to say it.

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Interesting that, because others say we are especially short of the 100 brochos on Yom Kippur when we don't have any food brochos; that's one of the reasons for smelling spices on YK – Michoel Oct 5 '12 at 4:29
@Michoel, "En Kelokenu" only helps meet the b'racha minimum to the extent it's b'rachos, which is a very weak sense of "b'racha" also met by other things we say on Y"K; smelling things to meet the minimum is to meet a stricter sense of "b'racha". (Kach nir'e li.) – msh210 Oct 5 '12 at 4:32
Interesting idea then, that we fulfill 100 brochos on two different levels; on the one hand Y"K is short, on the other we got extra.. – Michoel Oct 5 '12 at 4:47

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