Avinu Malkeinu

Alternative Spellings

Ovinu Malkeinu, Avinu Malkenu, Ovinu Malkenu, Avinu Malkeynu, Ovinu Malkeynu, Avinu Malkaynu, Ovinu Malkaynu, Aveenu Malkeinu, Oveenu Malkeinu, Aveenu Malkenu, Oveenu Malkenu, Aveenu Malkeynu, Oveenu Malkeynu, Aveenu Malkaynu, Oveenu Malkaynu


  • "A High Holy Day prayer in which God is asked to 'be gracious to us and answer us, even though we have not done all the good that we might have'" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "Avinu Malkenu is a high point in the Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur prayers." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew


אבינו מלכנו avinu malkenu 'our Father, our King', the opening line of the prayer, and the words are, "repeated at the beginning of each line of the prayer" (JPS).

Who Uses This

Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


North America


The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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