Congregants > Prayer in medieval Germany
Manuscript in Hebrew on parchment.
MS X893 M273
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Many congregations in medieval Germany had a large-sized prayer book to be used by the shaliaḥ tsibur, the prayer leader, which included the special prayers for all holidays and other occasions. To emphasize important prayers, certain pages in the maḥzor were written with grand calligraphy. The maḥzor is open to the prayer of Kol Nidre, the opening prayer on the High Holiday of Yom Kippur. The comments in the margin may have been made by one of the prayer leaders of the congregation in reference to a particular custom or prayer.