When one thinks of Rosh Hashanah, they might think of the iconic actions like dipping apples into sweet honey, or the sound of a shofar blast.  One might also think of all the prayer that happens over the two-day holiday, when most of the day is spent in synagogue reflecting on the past and the year to come, as well as praying to be written in God's Book of Life, which is sealed ten days later on Yom Kippur.

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayers are unlike any other and require a special prayer book - the machzor - which also includes the Torah readings, and often other relevant info like holiday-specific laws and the special blessings for the symbolic foods traditionally eaten at Rosh Hashanah dinner

With Rosh Hashanah 2023 beginning at sundown on Friday, September 15, and Yom Kippur at sundown on Sunday, September 24, the time get ready for High Holiday prayers is now. So here's our guide to our holiday machzorim, all from renowned religious publisher Koren Jerusalem, so you can find the perfect edition for yourself and have a meaningful 5784!

Koren Sacks Machzor for Rosh Hashanah (Sephardi)

If you're looking for something easy to follow for your Rosh Hashanah prayers, with English translations and specifically following Sephardi nusach (prayer rites), the Koren Sachs Machzor is just what you need! For this special machzor, Koren Publishers Jerusalem worked with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l, former Chief Rabbi of England, to create the best Hebrew/English Machzor available. Alongside the prayers and Torah readings, Rabbi Sacks has inserted written commentary in English, for those that desire a deeper insight into the holiday traditions.

Koren Sacks Machzor for Yom Kippur (Ashkenazi or Sephardi)

There are Koren Sacks Machzor editions for Yom Kippur as well - and in options for both nusach Ashkenaz and nusach Sepharad. With insightful commentary from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l as well as essays, explanations, and a beautiful English translation, this machzor is the perfect accompaniment to guide you through the entire Day of Atonement and ensure a deep and spiritual experience. It's also great for all levels of familiarity with Jewish prayer, and makes for a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one who's connecting with their Jewish heritage!

Koren Classic All-in-One Machzor Set for Holidays (Ashkenazi)

Machzor Set

This bestselling prayer book set published by Koren includes machzorim for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the "Three Festivals" of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot. Written only in Hebrew and meant for those following the Ashkenazi prayer tradition, this set is popular among Israelis and others who are comfortable praying in the original Hebrew. The script inside is beautiful and highlights the power and poetry embedded in the holiday prayers. These prayer books are also concise enough to travel with, and are sure to become a beloved holiday item wherever you go.

Koren Sacks Machzor Compact Editions

For ease in traveling or just carrying your prayer book to and from synagogue, the Koren Sacks Machzorim are available in compact editions as well! Be ready for High Holidays on the go with the Rosh Hashanah compact machzor, as well as the Yom Kippur edition in your choice of Ashkenazi or Sephardi. These travel-sized holiday prayer books have all the same commentary, annotations, and translations as their full-sized counterparts, bringing you the same rich and meaningful High Holiday experience without compromising on quality.

Shop the rest of our Rosh Hashanah 2023 collection here!