Since rosh hodesh Elul is a mini-holiday do you need to wait till the day after rosh hodesh or do sefardim begin saying selihot on the first of Elul?

  • Related: judaism.stackexchange.com/q/2529
    – msh210
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 21:51
  • IME they start the night after Rosh Chodesh. Probably there are various customs.
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 22:05
  • @doubleaa, what does IME stand for?
    – Ani Yodea
    Commented Aug 11, 2015 at 22:31
  • @AniYodea in my experience
    – Double AA
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 1:28

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They start after Rosh chodesh. Source: http://www.sephardichazzanut.com/Selichot.htm

Starting after Rosh Hodesh Elul, Sephardic Jews around the world wake up in the early morning to recite the Selichot which consist of special prayers and poems.

  • Motze rosh hodesh or the following morning?
    – Ani Yodea
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 1:37
  • @AniYodea don't know, I'm not sefardi. But from the quote, it seems that it's the morning
    – user613
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 2:39

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