Rabbi Yehiel Poupko

Global Day ON AIR 2019: Rabbi Yehiel Poupko

Chana: The Woman of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur

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Rabbi Poupko has just published, Chana: A life in Prayer, the first comprehensive treatment of the Biblical personality of Chana and her portrayal in the Midrash of the Rabbis. Key elements of the Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur liturgy are based on the prayerful career of Chana. She is the only woman in TaNaKh to enter the sanctuary of the Temple and to strike a bargain with God for a child. She is recorded as having prayed more times than any other Biblical figure. Thus, it is no surprise that she is the central personality of the Rosh HaShana service and the figure on whom Ne’ila, the closing service of Yom Kippur is based. The focus of Rabbi Poupko’s presentation will be on the contributions of Chana to the High Holiday liturgy.

Rabbi Yehiel Poupko is Rabbinic Scholar at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.