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We find this concept by the tefillah of Neilah. The Rambam (Hilchos Tefillah 1:7) says that the rabbanan instituted one more tefillah in order to add beseeching. Similarly the Yerushalmi in Ta’anis 4:1 says that the tefillah of Neilah is derived from the pasuk, “ki sirbu tefillah – when you will add a tefillah.” It should result from this that if one has not davened the other tefillos on Yom Kippur, he may not daven Neilah only – since the essence of Neilah is to add more davening.

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Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.