The last line of אתה חוננתנו is:

אבינו מלכנו החל עלינו הימים הבאים לקראתנו לשלום חשוכים מכל חטא ומנקים מכל עון ומדבקים ביראתך

How does it make sense to say הימים הבאים after Shabbos when Yom Tov is Monday, or after Yom Tov when it's Thursday? In those cases, there's only one day of חול coming.

  • Where does it say "Chol" in that line? – Double AA Oct 23 '16 at 14:28
  • @DoubleAA החל עלינו implies that the days are חול – Heshy Oct 23 '16 at 14:31
  • Why? החל just means begin. – Double AA Oct 23 '16 at 14:56
  • @DoubleAA Really? I always thought it came from lashon חול. I guess you're right, היום הזה אחל תת פחדך ויראתך. – Heshy Oct 23 '16 at 15:09
  • Same root as תחילה. – Double AA Oct 23 '16 at 15:20

The Art Scroll siddur translates this as

Our Father, Our King, begin for us the days approaching us for peace

This includes all the days that follow, no matter what they are (including Yom Tov). For example, we say this on Shabbos Chol Hamoed as well even though the following days are not chol but chol hamoed.

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    I guess what prompted me is we don't say this line in ותודיענו, so apparently it doesn't apply to Yom Tov. (plus a mistaken understanding of החל) – Heshy Oct 23 '16 at 20:17

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