from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The Jewish prayer book containing rituals prescribed for holidays.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of machzor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cycle; a solar cycle of 28 years or a lunar cycle of 19 years.
  • n. A Jewish festival prayer-book. Each of the five principal festivals has a special liturgy.


Mishnaic Hebrew maḥăzôr, cycle, mahzor, from ḥāzar, to go around, return; see ḥḏr in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Special prayer books for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, called the mahzor plural mahzorim, have developed over the years.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • So it was not easy to assemble a "mahzor" (the traditional name for the High Holidays prayer book) that engages the regulars but will also appeal to those sitting in the pews who have little or no connection to Judaism the rest of the year.

    A Stirring New Prayer Book for the High Holidays

  • The book that is before us, our mahzor, reflects thousands of years of Jewish experience, containing lengthy quotes from the greatest hits of the tradition: Torah and prophets, Psalms and medieval poets, reflections on disaster and expressions of our highest hopes for the world to come, contemporary readings and essays on the meaning of prayer.

    New Words for a New Year—Rabbi Leonard Gordon's Sermon

  • But in some ways, the mahzor that we use is the McDonald's version of Jewish cuisine.

    New Words for a New Year—Rabbi Leonard Gordon's Sermon

  • Holidays I wear his kittel, and I prepare for the High Holidays from the mahzor of my uncle, Rabbi Mordechai Stern.

    New Words for a New Year—Rabbi Leonard Gordon's Sermon

  • It is unlike Yom Kippur, however, which is concluded when the 800-page mahzor is read, mostly aloud and in a singsong chant, over twenty-four hours.

    The Passover Haggadah

  • In 1892, he published a study of the neginot (cantillation marks) in the Masoretic text of the Bible, and in the next decade, working with Herbert Adler (1876 – 1940), a lawyer and nephew of Chief Rabbi Hermann Adler (1839 – 1911), prepared what became the standard British edition and translation of the mahzor (festival prayer book).

    Nina Ruth Davis Salaman.

  • I can usually find something in the 800-page mahzor to divert if not to inspire me.

    A difficult fast

  • In the simplest terms, the mahzor (High Holy Day Prayer Book) states something akin to, "I am a sinner.

    Rabbi Julie Schonfeld: Be a Teacher, Not a Judge: The Essence of Yom Kippur

  • She also contributed to her father’s edition of the mahzor.

    Nina Ruth Davis Salaman.


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