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Why Do We Steal the Prayers of the Angels on Yom Kippur?

Posted September 12, 2010

The tradition to recite the line of "boruch shem kevod" aloud on Yom Kippur is one of the dramatic highlights of the Yom Kippur service. This shiur will explore two sources, one from the Midrash and one from the Talmud, for the recitation of this line as an integral part of the daily Shema. The differences between these two sources point to two approaches regarding the reason for saying "boruch shem kevod" out loud. Are we given permission to recite the prayer of the angels on Yom Kippur or is this prayer a human prayer that has a special significance on Yom Kippur? Join me as we untangle this well-known yet curious custom.
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