Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Yom Kippur Prayers

גמר חתימה טובה

This is a list of prayers and stories for Yom Kippur, divided by topics: Vidui (confession), Neilah (closing service), living in holiness, time and death and mourning. Here are several additional lists of prayers for Elul, prayers for Rosh Hashana and prayers for Sukkot. And here’s a link to yizkor and memorial prayers.

Vidui (Confession)

Neilah (Closing Service)

Living in Holiness

These prayers and meditations examine living a life of holiness, focusing on attributes (like humility) and practices (listening for G-d’s voice, doing G-d’s will):


Death and Mourning

For an annotated list of Memorial and Yizkor prayers, click here. Here are three prayers about preparing for death:

  • Near the End: A Meditation – On preparing for the journey of death with grace and dignity.
  • Remember – Whatever our fears, this is a call back to our deepest sense of peace and well-being.
  • Things Break – Each day we face the flow of endings and beginnings. G-d’s love remains.


Cantor Cohen” is a Yom Kippur story of a Chazzan preparing to lead his congregation in prayer, repentance and righteousness.

Click here for the full list of prayers for the Yamim Noraim. Here are focused lists of prayers for Elul, Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. And here’s a link to yizkor and memorial prayers.

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