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Why vary עלינו?

The Baladi Yemenite commentary Etz Hayyim by Yiḥyeh Salaḥ writes on Aleinu as found in maariv of Rosh Hashana, and explains the change as follows: ואומר במקום כחלקם, כהם. והטעם כתב בעל תולעת יעקב, ...
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Rosh HaShanah for Under 20

Based on the accepted answer to the question you refer to (Why does earthly punishment start at 13 and divine punishment at 20?), it seems that teenagers really should be taking the Yamim Noraim ...
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Should you ask someone for forgiveness before Yom Kippur if doing so might embarrass them?

The Chafeitz Chaim (Hilkhos LH 4:12) rules that you cannot do real teshuvah for speaking ill of someone without confessing to the person you spoke about. Even if they did not know of it before, so ...
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Should you apologize before Yom Kippur for a wrongdoing that is more than a year old?

The Mishna in Yoma 8 (9) quoted in your link says עברות שבין אדם למקום, יום הכפורים מכפר........ עברות שבין אדם לחברו , אין יום הכפורים מכפר, עד שירצה את חברו Yom Kippur atones for sins between ...
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the King's desire: life or the living?

The ר"י בן יקר in his commentary to that line writes: בבני אדם שהם חיים People who are alive seemingly siding decisively with your non-Artscroll option.
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Weekdays atoning for Weekdays during the year

This concept seems to first appear in the writings of the students of the Ari. R. Chayyim Vital, Sha'ar HaKavanot, D'rushei Rosh HaShanah: אמר לי הרב משה גאלאנטי, ששמע ממורי ז"ל: שאם האדם יתענה ...
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Different endings for Haftarat Vayetze and Haftarat Shuvah?

R. Kaganoff in this shi'ur suggests that: The stumbling of the evil is not inherently a bad thing, and, for this reason, this is considered an appropriate place to end the haftarah on Vayeitzei. ...
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Does Yom Kippur end mourning

Indeed Yom Kippur ends mourning, as the OU writes Shiv'a ends if a Jewish festival, Rosh Hashana, or Yom Kippur intervenes. Shloshim ends if a Jewish festival, Rosh Hashana, or Yom Kippur intervenes. ...
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Do fortune cookies need to be Pat Yisrael?

Fortune cookies are made from a batter and baked very thin, so that they can be folded around the paper fortune. (And, I always assumed that the fortune was mixed into the cookie batter!) You can see ...
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Kaddish during Aseres Yimei Teshuvah: why "לעילא [ו]לעילא" instead of "לעילא"?

Levush Orach Chayyim 582:8 writes as follows: ונ"ל שיש לו לכפול לעילא כמו שכופלין אותו בכל שאר תפילות של ר"ה וי"כ והטעם שכופלין אותו מפני שבימים הללו הוא מתעלה אחר כפול ומכופל מפי ברואיו מפני שהוא ...
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גמר חתימה טובה gender

The question is entirely apt, because it gets to the heart of the nature of the possessive form in Hebrew, called "construct state" in English and "סמיכות" in Hebrew. The question recognizes that the ...
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Why do we not mention Aseres Yemei Teshuvah while bentching?

Rabbi Yitzchak Weiss (in Siaḥ Yitsḥaq 276) cites a few answers to this question: והנה בתשובת תודת שלמים למהר"י באסאן ז"ל [בלחמי תודה] בסי' כ"ד, נשאל, מדוע לא תיקנו רז"ל להזכיר איזה הזכרה שימי הדין ...
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Why does אָבִֽינוּ מַלְכֵּֽנוּ כָּתְבֵֽנוּ בְּסֵֽפֶר סְלִיחָה וּמְחִילָה come last in the sequence of repeated lines?

אדרבא had we first asked כתבינו בספר סליחה ומחילה and only then for everything else, it would have sounded like "the kid who apologizes to his parents only to ask them for a trip to the toy store&...
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Does Yom Kippur end mourning

SA OC 548:11 ראש השנה ויום הכפורים חשיבי כרגלים לבטל האבילות Rosh Hashana and Yom Kipur are treated like festivals with respect to nullifying mourning The Kaf Hachaim explains that even though ...
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When did the Meiri (and his community) wear tefillin?

I think you need to bring the full piece . In the full piece he notes the difference between one who just doesn't put on teffilin to those who don't put on for cleanliness of the body and cleanliness ...
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Haftarat Shuva - Skipping backwards?

As noted by Danny Schoemann in a comment, this question is very similar to one that he asked here. My answer to his question linked to a shi'ur by R. Kaganoff, where he presented three possible ...
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