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The Minhag of Bowing Down to the Ground on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

September 17, 2020 – Rav Hershel Schachter

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This Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, there will be many minyanim convening outside of the Beis Haknesses due to numerous government regulations. Those davening outside of a Beis Haknesses, would not be obligated to bow to the ground when reciting the Seder Ha’avodah on Yom Kippur, as there was never a custom to do so. However, when reciting Aleinu L’shabeich on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, perhaps the standard minhag to kneel would apply even when davening outside of the Beis Haknesses.

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