THE SYNAGOGUE READINGS FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAY SEASON
Note: In the Bible, days begin and end at sunset. The dates used in this prayer
guide denote the day that begins that evening: eg. Day 1 begins at sunset on the
Below are the Scriptures that are being read in the synagogues during this period.
Rosh HaShanah is the Feast of Trumpets or Jewish New Year, which is the first day
of our prayer period. It is celebrated for 2 days in Israel. Yom Kippur is the Day
of Atonement – Day 10 of our prayer period. Sukkot is the Feast of Tabernacles on
Day 15. Hoshana Rabbah is the last day of Sukkot – Day 21 and Shemini Atzeret is
Day 22. Simchat Torah is celebrated on the same day as Shemini Atzeret in Israel
but usually the day after in the Diaspora. The Sabbaths are the readings for the
Saturdays. Parashat is the portion from the scroll, which is read in the synagogues
as part of the annual cyclical Biblical readings. The Torah is the reading from the
Pentateuch (first 5 books of the Bible) and the Haftarah is a passage from the remainder
of the Old Testament.