In the Ashkenazic tradition, it begins on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. If, however, the first day of Rosh Hashanah falls on Monday or Tuesday, Selichot are said beginning the Saturday night prior to ensure that Selichot are recited at least four times. This may be because originally the pious would fast for ten days during the season of repentance, and four days before Rosh Hashanah were added to compensate for the four of the Ten days of Repentance on which fasting is forbidden — the two days of Rosh Hashanah , Shabbat Shuvah , and the day preceding Yom Kippur —and, while the fasts have since been abandoned, the Selichot that accompanied them have been retained. Alternatively, the Rosh Hashanah liturgy includes the Biblical phrase, "you shall observe a burnt offering", and like an offering which needs to be scrutinised for defects for four days, so too four days of self-searching are needed before the day of judgment. In most modern Sephardic communities, Selichot services are identical each day.
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Jewish Prayers: Table of Contents Daily Services Yizkor Selichot are special prayers for forgiveness, said on fast days and also during the period preceding Yom Kippur.
At the Selichot service, worshipers begin to examine their deeds of the past year, seeking forgiveness from G-d and promising to improve their behavior in the New Year. The prayers are specifically tailored to help worshipers direct their hearts and minds to the process of teshuvah Hebrew for repentance. In the Sephardic tradition, Selichot are said from the beginning of the month of Elul , while in the Ashkenazic tradition Selichot are begun from the Sunday often the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah until Yom Kippur.
If Rosh Hashanah begins on a Monday or Tuesday, however, selichot begins on the Sunday of the week before Rosh Hashanah , to make sure that there are at least three days of Selichot. In general, the proper time to say Selichot are at the end of the night, just before the morning, since this time is considered, according to Jewish Mysticism , as especially favorable in terms of the presence and closeness of God. Hence, selichot are typically recited in the early morning, before the daily shacharit service.
The first night of Selichot is different from the other days. First, it is customary to say Selichot the first night before going to sleep, and, since the first part of the night is considered a time of din, judgment, the Selichot are not recited on the first night until after chatzot, relative midnight.
A person should consult a Jewish calendar or their rabbi to determine the specific time of chatzot for their area. And why are three of these "attributes" Names of G-d?
Different names of G-d connote different characteristics of Him. The four-letter Name of G-d rendered here as "Ha-shem," literally "the name" is the Name used when G-d is exhibiting characteristics of mercy, and the Talmud explains that this dual usage indicates that G-d is merciful before a person sins, but is also merciful after a person sins.
The third attribute is a different Name of G-d that is used when G-d acts in His capacity as the almighty ruler of nature and the universe. G-d appeared to Moses and taught him these Thirteen Attributes saying, "Whenever Israel sins, let them recite this in its proper order and I will forgive them.
What Are Selichot?
By Menachem Posner You walk into synagogue. In the front, cloaked in a tallit, the leader is about to begin the service. Selichot alt. Selichos n. In a Nutshell While most Jewish services are held during the day or early evening, High Holiday Selichot are the exception, held in the wee hours of the morning. Drawing from a plethora of biblical verses and rabbinic teachings, they are a soul-stirring introduction to the Days of Awe. In Ashkenazic tradition the focus of this article , the first night of Selichot is the biggie, held after midnight on a Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah.
Selichot (Supplication) Prayers
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