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    oot for life

    Sometimes during the long davenings during the yomim noraim I find it hard to concentrate and often find my mind wandering contemplating complete nonsense on a day that is supposed to be full of focus. The past few years I have brought a sefer with me to shul and when I feel myself spacing out, I learn a little and then when my strength is back I return to the tzibbur.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on a sefer for this year?


    oot for life

    You can get an Artscroll Machzor which has plenty reading material and perush on the bottom of each page.

    You can get Rinas Chaim which is a beautiful peirush on the Tefillah from Rav Chaim Friedlander Zatzal.


    How about:- Teka beShofar, A Shofar Blowing Manual, by Avrohom Reit.


    R’ Chaim Friedlander zt”l — Sifsei Chaim [with the aforementioned ‘Rinas Chaim’ on the Tefillos at the back.]

    R’ Shimshon Pincus – Nefesh Shimshon on Yomim Noraim

    Kol Dodi Dofek — From R’ Shalom Shwadron – i have heard it is excellent and full of easy to understand meshalim and chizuk.

    The Rashbak

    The Ben Ish Chai says that we should not read/learn during davening. I take that as an aspiration, but difficult during the long services. And it’s better to learn Torah than chat with your neighbor or think about non-Torah topics.

    How about a classic like Shaare Teshuvah? It works for me.


    “And it’s better to learn Torah than chat with your neighbor”

    1. It is assur to talk during chazaras hashatz regardless of how long it is.

    2. On Rosh Hashana once the brachos on the Tekios are made one may not talk out.

    oot for life

    thanks for all the suggestions, I appreciate it


    If you want a english seder my father my jing by rav pliskin is appropriate because its about connecting to Hashem…avinu malkienu….


    Try Rabbi Sachs’ machzorim. Very good commentary.


    Try yesoid veshoiresh ha’avoida.

    Look at the shaar on the month of Tishrei. He guides you through the various parts of the Avoidas hayoim with the correct thoughts one should have at each juncture.

    Sifsei Chaim is another great option.

    Others use Sharei Teshuva or Tomer Devorah

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