We are currently in the aseres yemei teshuvah – the ten days of teshuvah from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. It is an auspicious time for deep introspection and prayer, for being truly present in each mitzvah that we do, for focusing our thoughts on our relationship with G-d and how we can strengthen it in the coming year.
Since this year, Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat, we will not be singing the Avinu Malkeinu prayer. It’s one of my favorite prayers, and has some of the most beautiful melodies, and I must admit, will miss it. I was thinking about what exactly it is that makes this prayer so powerful to me.