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Analyzing the High Holiday Prayers

  A very special d'var Torah from our executive learning alumni, Paul Hamburger, sharing beautiful ideas about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayers.  Presentation on Unetaneh Tokef t o  Chabad Shul of Potomac.  September  21 , 2020,  3 Tishrei  5781   I would  like to share some thoughts on the  Unetaneh Tokef  prayer, the  highlight  of  our  Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services . Who among us is not moved when reading the sacred words and hearing the stirring melodies? On  Rosh Hashanah it is written and on Yom Kippur it is sealed. The great shofar is sounded and a “still small voice” is heard. On these days it is decreed who will live and who will die .  After all  is said and done , our origin is dust and our end is dust.  At the same time,  r epentance,  p rayer, and  c harity can avert the severity of the decree.  The prayer reminds us of how fragile  our existence is .  Its  message is reminiscent of a story  I read  about Dr. Michael DeBakey, one of the  world’s  first  he