Although quite many machzorim omit it, but there are lengthy selichot composed for all services on Yom Kippur. Is it only an Ashkenazi custom?


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ב"נ I will post here the selichot of different communities that I find.

Italian rite

Angelo Piattelli posted on his site the full set of Italian machzorim he edited with R. Hillel Sermoneta based on the Roman tradition that is in use in Jerusalem. In the Yom Kippur machzor one may find all the selichot, in particular (page numbers according to PDF):

  • Maariv: p. 93
  • Shacharit: p. 247
  • Minchah: p. 476
  • Neilah: p. 518

Livorno rite

The Spanish and Portuguese communities had a machzor from 1821 translated by Lazzaro Emanuele Ottolenghi.

Aram Tzova rite

The Aleppo community from Syria had a very special set of selichot for Yom Kippur that survives in the Aram Tzova Machzor from 1527.

  • What's "Vigil"?
    – Heshy
    May 23, 2018 at 15:50
  • @Heshy I was trying to find out what this אשמורת צום כפור could be, and I've found a possibly similar Yemenite minhag to get up very early and say these selichot. Do you have in mind a better word for that? May 23, 2018 at 16:02
  • No it's a great word, I just had no idea what it refers to in context. But it's really logical to get up early and say selichos on YK the same as you've been doing the last month (for Sefardim at least.. no idea what Teimonim do). I think I've seen the אשמרת used for the morning selichos during the Yamim Noraim. Paraphrasing from memory, it was something like "ובערב ר"ה אין אומרים תחנון, רק באשמרת הסליחות אומרים אע"פ שנמשכו הסליחות כמה שעות לתוך היום"
    – Heshy
    May 23, 2018 at 16:08

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