Hoshanah Rabbah: Avinu Malkeinu


According to traditional kabbalah, Hoshanah Rabbah is analogous to Yom Kippur in the sense of being a day of final judgment for the year, my question is why isn’t Avinu Malkeinu part of the Hoshanah Rabbah liturgy? It would seem to fit just like it does during the high holidays.



  1. Avinu Malkeinu is not recited on a Yom Tov or Chol HaMoed (Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are not considered to be a Yom Tov). However, the whole of the davening for Hoshanah Rabbah in the morning has the “flavor” of Yom Kippur. The Chazan wears a Kittel and the Hoshanos that are recited are much longer and, very often the Chazan uses some of the tunes of Yom Kippur.

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