Mahzor for Young Families Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

by Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue

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This High Holy Day book is designed especially for young children and their grownups to use at services, at the family table, and in prayerful moments at home, as well as to visit the sounds of the synagogue any day of the year. We believe in the importance of connecting with families through text, and know that even our youngest members will find pleasure and meaning in sharing a book containing the rich and diverse liturgy of our people. Prayer is a multi-sensory experience. The colorful and playful pages of this book not only show the words of the prayers and what they mean, but also the structure of the service and its choreography. In addition, all of the accompanying music is available for download and streaming. The musical selections include contemporary compositions commissioned recently by the PAS Music Center, as well as familiar melodies closely identified with the High Holidays. Singing will help children learn the prayers, find meaning in the text, and become comfortable with the full range of Jewish music.


released September 14, 2017

This publication has been made possible through the generosity of

Family Siddur Project

Editorial Committee:
Cantor Azi Schwartz
Cantor Rachel Brook
Marga Hirsch
Eliana Light

Design: Mirit Effi, Dov Abramson Studio
Illustrations: Elad Lifshitz
English translations adapted from Mahzor Lev Shalem
[Rabbinical Assembly, 2010]
Production Manager: Gil Smuskowitz

Special thanks to the clergy, educators, staff and lay leadership of
Park Avenue Synagogue


Vocalists: Cantors Azi Schwartz, Rachel Brook and Shira Lissek; Eliana Light and Joanie Leeds

Colin Fowler, Music director

Sofia Egol
Abigail Orlinsky
Jordan Levinson
Sarah Becker

Youth Choir:
Annabelle Keller
Sari Weiss
Sarah Korff
Ella Hecht
Sophie Teitelbaum

Emme Stronghin
Allison Laiks
Seth Mendelow
Phoebe Mendelow
Jacob Feuerstein
Lily Rae Feuerstein
Goldie Cosloy
Abby Chernow

Lincoln Cohen
Seth Mendelow
Phoebe Mendelow
Benjamin Zackowitz
Ethan Zackowitz

Andrew Zinsmeister, guitar and mandolin
Danny Weller, bass
Ronen Itzik, percussion
Dan Block, woodwinds

Recording engineer and audio editing: Doug Yoel
Mastering: Alan Silverman

Recorded at Park Avenue Synagogue in July, 2017


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Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue New York, New York

Cantor Azi Schwartz is the Senior Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, and is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose music reaches Jewish and interfaith audiences internationally.

Azi has performed at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden; on PBS and on Richard Gere’s movie 'Norman'; and for Pope Francis.

He has released nine albums of Jewish liturgical music.
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Track Name: L’shanah Tovah
L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’teihateimu

May you be written and sealed for a good year!
Track Name: Blessings
Blessed are you Adonai, our God,
ruler of time and space…

... who has made us holy through mitzvot, andinstructed
us to light the [Shabbat and] festival candles.

...who makes grapes grow on their vines.

...who brings bread from the earth.

...who makes fruit grow on trees.

May it be your will, Adonai our God, and God of our ancestors,
to begin for us a new, sweet, and good year.

Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam…

...asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav,
v’tzivanu l’hadlik ner shel
(shabbat v’) yom tov.
Barukh atah Adonai
eloheinu melekh ha-olam…

…borei p’ri ha-gafen.

…ha-motzi lehַem min ha-aretz.

…borei p’ri ha-eitz.

Y’hi ratzon mi-l’fanekha Adonai
eloheinu veilohei avoteinu
v'imoteinu she-t’hַadeish aleinu
shanah tovah u-m’tukah.
Track Name: Y’simkha
May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.
May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

Y’simkha elohim k’efraim v’khi-m’nasheh.

Y’simekh elohim k’sarah, rivkah, rahַel v’leah.
Track Name: V’yasem L’kha Shalom (Light)
May Adonai bless and protect you.
may Adonai show you favor and be
gracious unto you. May Adonai show
you kindness and grant you peace.

Y’varekh’kha Adonai v’yishm’rekha.
Ya·er Adonai panav eilekha vihַuneka.
Yisa Adonai panav eilekha v’yasem l’kha shalom.
Track Name: Modeh Ani (Young)
I thank You, living and eternal One, for
Your kindness in restoring my soul.
How great is your trust in us!

Modeh/Modah ani l’fanekha melekh hַai
v’kayam she-hehַezarta bi nishmati b’hַemlah,
rabbah emunatekha.
Track Name: Modeh Ani (Messinger)
I thank You, living and eternal One, for
Your kindness in restoring my soul.
How great is your trust in us!

Modeh/Modah ani l’fanekha melekh hַai
v’kayam she-hehַezarta bi nishmati b’hַemlah,
rabbah emunatekha.
Track Name: Halleluyah (Eldor)
Halleluyah! Praise God in the sanctuary;
praise God in the powerful heavens.
Praise God for the mighty acts;
praise God for infinite greatness.
Praise God with shofar calls;
praise God with harp and lyre.
Praise God with timbrel and dance;
praise God with flute and strings.
Praise God with crashing cymbals;
praise God with resounding cymbals.
Let all that breathes praise Adonai –

Halleluyah! Hallelu El b’kodsho,
Halleluhu birkia uzo.
Halleluhu vig’vurotav,
Halleluhu k’rov gudlo.
Halleluhu b’teika shofar,
Halleluhu b’nevel v’khinor.
Halleluhu b’tof u-mahol,
Halleluhu b’minim v’ugav.
Halleluhu b’tziltz’lei shama,
Halleluhu b’tziltz’lei tru’ah.
Kol han’shamah t’hallel Yah – Halleluyah!
Track Name: Bar'khu
Praise Adonai, the Blessed One.
Praise Adonai, the Blessed One, now and forever.

Bar’khu et Adonai ha-m’vorakh.
Barukh Adonai ham’vorakh l’olam va·ed.
Track Name: Sh'ma
Hear, O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai is one.
Praised be the name of the One whom we honor as Ruler forever and ever.

Sh’ma Yisrael, Adonai eloheinu, Adonai ehַad:
Barukh shem k’vod malkhuto l’olam va·ed.
Track Name: V’ahavta
You shall love Adonai your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all that is yours. These words that I command you this day shall be taken to heart. Teach them again and again to your children, and speak of them when you sit in your home, when you walk on your way, when you lie
down and when you rise up. Bind them as a sign upon your hand and as a symbol before your eyes. Inscribe them on the doorposts of your home and
on your gates.

V’ahavta eit Adonai elohekha b’khol l’vav’kha u-v’khol nafsh’kha
u-v’khol m’odekha. V’hayu ha-d’varim ha-eileh asher anokhi m’tzav’kha
ha-yom al l’vavekha. V’shinantam l’vanekha v’dibarta bam b’shivt’kha
b’veitekha u-v’lekht’kha va-derekh uv’shokhb’kha u-v’kumekha.
U-k’shartam l’ot al yadekha v’hayu l’totafot bein einekha. U-kh’tavtam
al m’zuzot beitekha u-vish’arekha.
Track Name: Mi Chamocha (Eldor)
Who is like You, Adonai, among the
heavenly powers? Who is like You, majestic
in holiness, awesome in praise, doing
wonders? Your children beheld Your
majesty, as You split the sea before Moses:
This is my God’ they exclaimed and said:
Adonai will reign for all eternity!’

Mi khamokha ba-eilim Adonai, mi kamokha
ne’edar ba-kodesh, norah t’hilot oseh feleh.
Malkhut’kha ra-u va’nekha, bokei’a yam
lifnei Moshe. Zeh Eli anu v’amru: Adonai
yimlokh l’olam va-ed.
Track Name: Amida
Blessed are You, Adonai, our God and God of our ancestors,
God of Abraham, God of Isaac and God of Jacob, God of Sarah, God
of Rebecca, God of Rachel and God of Leah…

Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu v’elohai avoteinu, elohei avraham,
elohei yitzhַak, v’elohei yaakov, elohei sarah, elohei rivkah, elohei rahַel,
v’elohei leah...
Track Name: Zokhreinu L’hayim (Light)
Zokhreinu l’hayim melekh hafetz ba-hayim v’khotveinu b’sefer ha-hayim l’ma·ankha elohim hayim.

Remember us for life, Sovereign who delights in life, and inscribe us in the Book of Life, for Your sake, God of life.
Track Name: Hatimah
Blessed are You, Adonai, Shield of Abraham and Guardian of Sarah.

Barukh atah Adonai magein avraham u-fokeid sarah.
Track Name: B’sefer Hayim (Light)
May we and the entire House of Israel be remembered and inscribed for
life, blessing, sustenance, and peace in the Book of Life. Blessed are you,
Adonai, who brings peace.

B’seifer hַayim b’rakhah v’shalom u-farnasah tovah,
nizakheir v’nikatev l’fanekha, anahַnu v’khol am’kha beit
yisrael l’hַayim tovim u-l’shalom. Barukh atah Adonai, oseh
Track Name: B’sefer Hayim (Leeds)
May we and the entire House of Israel be remembered and inscribed for
life, blessing, sustenance, and peace in the Book of Life. Blessed are you,
Adonai, who brings peace.

B’seifer hַayim b’rakhah v’shalom u-farnasah tovah,
nizakheir v’nikatev l’fanekha, anahַnu v’khol am’kha beit
yisrael l’hַayim tovim u-l’shalom. Barukh atah Adonai, oseh
Track Name: Oseh Shalom
May the one who creates peace on high bring peace to us and to all
Israel and to all life on earth. And we say: Amen.

Oseh shalom bi-m’romav hu ya·aseh shalom aleinu v’al kol
yisrael v’al kol yoshvei teivel, v’imru amen.
Track Name: Vayhi Binsoa
As the ark was carried forward, Moses would say: Adonai, rise up and scatter your enemies, so that all who hate you will run away from Your presence. Torah will go forth from Zion, and the word of Adonai from Jerusalem. Praised is the one who gave Torah to the people Israel in holiness

Va-y’hi binsoa haaron va-yomeir moshe: kumah Adonai v’yafutzu
oy’vekha, v’yanusu m’san·ekha mi-panekha. Ki mi-tziyon teitzei
torah, u-dvar Adonai mirushalayim. Barukh she-natan torah l’amo yisrael
Track Name: Adonai, Adonai
Adonai, Adonai, God merciful and compassionate, patient, full of
love and faith, maintaining love for thousands of generations, forgiving
bad deeds, wrongdoing, and missing the mark, and granting pardon.

Adonai, Adonai, El rahַum v’hַanun erekh apayim v’rav hַesed ve-emet. Notzeir hַesed laalafim nosei avon va-fesha v’hַata-ah
Track Name: Romemu (Eldor)
Sing praises to Adonai our God, and bow
towards God’s holy mountain, for Adonai our
God is holy.

Romemu Adonai Eloheinu v’hishtahavu l’har
kodsho, ki kadosh Adonai Eloheinu.
Track Name: Mi Shebeirakh (Eldor)
El na r’fa na la.
Mi shebeirakh avoteinu/imoteinu
Grant us r’fuah sh’leimah
May the source of strength renew our body,
renew our spirit, and let us say:
Track Name: Lishmoa Kol Shofar
Blessed are You Adonai, our God, ruler of time and space, who has
made us holy through mitzvot and instructed us to hear the sound of
the shofar.

Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh haolam, asher
kid’shanu b’mitzvotav, v’tzivanu lishmoa kol shofar.
Track Name: Sheheheyanu (Pik)
Barukh atah Adonai eloheinu melekh ha-olam,
she-heheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higi·anu la-z’man ha-zeh.

Blessed are you Adonai, our God, ruler of time and space, for granting us life, for sustaining us, and for bringing us to this moment.
Track Name: Etz Hayim Hi (Silverman)
It is a Tree of Life for those who take hold of it, and all who hold on to it are
blessed. Its ways are pleasant and all its paths are peace. Turn us toward
You, Adonai, and we will return to You; make our days seem fresh, as
they once were.

Eitz hַayim hi la-mahַazikim ba, v’tom’kheha m’ushar.
D’rakheha darkhei no·am, v’khol n’tivoteha shalom.
Hashiveinu Adonai eilekha v’nashuva, hַadesh yameinu k’kedem.
Track Name: Shomea T’filah
Blessed are You who hears prayer.

Barukh atah shomea t’filah.
Track Name: B'rosh haShana (Zilberts/Putterman)
On Rosh Hashanah it is written and on the Yom Kippur it is sealed!

B’rosh ha-shanah yikateivun u-v’yom tzom kippur yeihַateimun.
Track Name: U-t’shuvah
But repentance, prayer, and acts of justice give us the power to control how we respond to what happens.

U-t’shuvah u-t’filah u-tz’dakah ma·avirin et ro·a ha-g’zeirah.
Track Name: Aleinu (Trad​.​/​Max Helfman)
It is for us to praise the Ruler of all,
to acclaim the Creator,
who has not made us merely a nation,
nor formed us as all earthly families,
nor given us an ordinary destiny.
And so we bow,
acknowledging the supreme sovereign,
the Holy One, who is praised.

Aleinu l’shabei·ah la-adon ha-kol,
latet g’dulah l’yotzer b’reishit,
she-lo asanu k’goyei ha-aratzot
v’lo samanu k’mishp’hot ha-adamah,
She-lo sam helkeinu kahem,
v’goraleinu k’khol ha-monam.
Va-anahnu kor’im u-mishtahavim u-modim
lifnei melekh malkhei ha-m’lakhim
ha-kadosh barukh hu.
Track Name: Hayom Harat Olam (Light)
Hayom harat olam…
Today is the world's birthday!
Track Name: Areshet S'fateinu (Light)
May the words of our lips be pleasing to You, God, who listens, notices,
considers, and pays attention to the sound of our shofar blast. Lovingly
—our prayers proclaiming that You are our ruler.
―our verses proclaiming that You remember us.
―our blowing of the shofar.

Areshet s’fateinu ye·erav l’fanekha, el
ram v’nisa, meivin u-ma·azin, mabit
u-makshiv l’kol t’kiateinu.
U-t’kabel b’rahַamim u-vratzon seder
Track Name: Hayom T'amtzeinu (Aronson)
Today may You strengthen us, Amen.
Today may You bless us, Amen.
Today may You exalt us, Amen.
Today may You grant us well-being, Amen.
Today may You inscribe us for a good life,
Today may You hear our cry, Amen.
Today may You sustain us in Your
righteousness, Amen.

Hayom t’amtzeinu, Amen.
Hayom t’varkheinu, Amen.
Hayom t’gad’leinu, Amen.
Hayom tidr’sheinu l’tovah, Amen.
Hayom tikht’veinu l’hayim tovim, Amen.
Hayom tishma shavateinu, Amen.
Hayom titm’kheinu bimin tzidkekha, Amen.
Track Name: Hashiveinu
All the things we have done wrong that we have said we are sorry for - please make them as if they have been thrown into deep water and disappeared.

V’tashlikh bimtzulot yam kol hַatotam.
Hashiveinu Adonai eilekha v’nashuvah hַadesh yameinu
Track Name: Kol Nidre
From this Yom Kippur to the next - may it find us well - any thoughtless
promises that we make to God, let them be as if we never said them.

Kol Nidrei...
mi-yom kippurim zeh, ad yom kippurim ha-ba aleinu l’tovah.
Track Name: Sh'ma Koleinu
Hear our voice, Adonai our God, be kind and have compassion for
us. Accept our prayer with love.

Sh'ma koleinu Adonai eloheinu hַus v’rahַeim aleinu, v’kabeil b’rahַamim
u-v’ratzon et t’filateinu.
Track Name: Tap Your Heart (Light)
Ashamu, bagadnu, gazalnu, dibarnu dofi, he·evinu, v’hirshanu, zadnu, hamasnu, tafalnu sheker. Ya·atznu ra, kizavnu, latznu, maradnu, ni·atznu, sararnu, avinu, pashanu, tzararnu, kishinu oref. Rashanu, shihatnu, ti·avnu, ta·inu, ti·itanu.

We abuse, we betray, we are cruel, we destroy, we embittter, we falsify, we gossip, we hate, we insult, we jeer, we kill, we lie, we mock, we neglect, we oppress, we pervert, we quarrel, we rebel, we steal, we transgress, we are unkind, we are violent, we are wicked, we are extremists, we yearn to do evil, we are zealous for bad causes.
Track Name: P'tah Lanu Shaar (Light)
Keep open the gate for us, at the time of the closing of the gate, for the day is coming to an end.

P’tahַ lanu sha·ar b’eit n’ilat sha·ar ki fanah yom.
Track Name: Avinu Malkeinu (Trad.)
Avinu Malkeinu, write us / seal us in the Book of Good Life.
Avinu Malkeinu, have mercy on us, answer us, for our deeds are
insufficient, deal with us charitably and lovingly, and redeem us.

Avinu malkeinu kotveinu/hַotmeinu b’sefer hַayim tovim.
Avinu Malkeinu, hַonenu vaanenu, ki ein banu ma·asim,
aseih imanu tz’dakah va-hַesed v’hoshi·einu.
Track Name: Conclusion of Yom Kippur (Trad​.​/​David Putterman)
Hear, O Israel, Adonai is our God, Adonai alone.
Praised be the name of the One whose glorious sovereignty is forever and ever.
Adonai is God

Sh’ma yisra·el Adonai eloheinu Adonai ehad.
Barukh shem k’vod malkhuto l’olam va·ed.
Adonai hu ha-Elohim.

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