Why Are the High Holy Day Services so Long?

The liturgy of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is full of liturgical poems that stretch the bounds of the Hebrew language and the patience of worshipers.

Rosh Hashanah at the Great Synagogue in Paris on September 4, 2018. YOAN VALAT/AFP via Getty Images.

Rosh Hashanah at the Great Synagogue in Paris on September 4, 2018. YOAN VALAT/AFP via Getty Images.

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Sept. 17 2020
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Why are the High Holy Day services so long?

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