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High Holiday Melodies

For a one-page guide to the transliterated prayers printed in Machzor Lev Shalem click here.  All the prayers are keyed to the MP3 files on this web page.

The congregational melodies of the High Holidays are special because they are sung only during this liturgical season. While they probably all sound familiar, you now have an opportunity to learn them and actively participate by singing or humming or even speaking the words. Please choose a Hebrew text sheet and/or a transliterated text sheet to follow along with these short recordings which are keyed to the numbers on the sheets. The prayers are recorded in the sequence in which they appear in the Rosh Hashanah services, followed by prayers that are sung only on Yom Kippur. Page numbers are listed next to all of the titles.

To Listen: please select a recording below.

Additional High Holiday Melodies

Since the new Machzor Lev Shalem includes a great number of transliterated prayers, it provides an occasion to expand our Listen and Learn High Holiday offerings. Please print out the 2-page transliterated text file to help you enjoy and learn the words and/or tunes of the 17 new recordings. Note that the text sheets in the original High Holiday Melodies section (above) have also been updated with the new Machzor’s page numbers, printed in red. Bringing these sheets along to synagogue services is optional, as all of the transliterations also appear in the prayer book.

If you are new to the Listen and Learn experience, we suggest starting with the basic High Holiday selections above. They are shorter, easier to learn, and more likely to already be familiar to you.

To listen: Click on a recording title below.

To download a file for later listening: Right-click on the title and select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”.