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Recommended changes to the text of selichos when you say them at the "wrong" time

Some of the piyutim in selichos assume that you're saying them at the ideal time - before Amud Hashachar (for example, at the end of selicha #70 שחרנוך קדם עמוד השחר). Many people don't make it at ...
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Why does the paytan refer to the Thirteen Attributes as “Thirteen words”?

There is a piyut which is said by Minhag Lita on the fifth (sometimes, in some customs, on the fourth) weekday of the Aseres Yimei Teshuvah; by Nusach Sefard on the second Monday of BeHa”B; and by ...
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Why isn't the miracle of Channukah mentioned in Selichot?

In the selichot service, we have a prayer which lists the historic times when Hashem answered prayers (even implicit ones). The "mi she'ana" prayer starts with Avraham on Har Hamoriah and moves ...
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Different names for Dovid in regular Selichos vs Yom Kippur Selichos

Why do we refer to Dovid Hamelech as "Mashiach Tzidkecha" in Selichos (towards the end, paragraph begins with those words) except on Yom Kippur when we refer to him as "Dovid Avdecha" (in the same ...
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What is the relationship between saying the 13 Middot and accompanying piyyuṭim?

During seliḥot, we* interweave saying piyyuṭim with the recitation of the 13 middot. This is thematically sensible, since the recitation of the 13 middot is supposed to effect God's forgiveness1 2, ...
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Adjust the selicho “מַשְׂאַת כַּפַּי" when the kehillo is not fasting on Yom Kippur Koton?

Related: Who observes Yom Kippur Katan, and how? In the mincha service of Yom Kippur Koton, the selicho “מַשְׂאַת כַּפַּי” is said: 1 חזן מַשְׂאַת כַּפַּי מִנְחַת עֶרֶב רְצֵה נָא בְכֹשֶׁר, ...
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Yom Kippur Ashkenazi Selichos

Does anyone know where I can find online or printed Yom Kippur Ashkenazi slichos for Shachrit Mincha and Musaf during chazarot hashatz?
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Selichoth with Tallith and Tefillin

Assuming one is saying selichoth during the time of tallith and tefillin (e.g. ~6AM in the greater New York metropolitan area), should one put them on first or wait till after selichoth? Does it make ...
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What about "if as a slave" in selichot?

On Rosh Hashana, after the shofar blowing during the Musaf repetition, we say "Hayom Harat Olam." In it, we consider 2 possibilities of how Hashem might deal with us -- "im k'vanim" (if as children) ...
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What is the source or rationale for the sins listed in the Ashamnu?

The sins listed in the Ashamnu do not seem to be all inclusive or exhaustive. Why these sins and not others?
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Exactly which parts of the selichot are in Aramaic and to be skipped when davening without a minyan before Rosh Hashanah?

So my Hebrew isn't great and my ability to differentiate it from Aramaic is worse. I won't be able to do selichot with a minyan this year and am, to be frank, limited on time every day. I'm trying to ...
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Reciting Shomer Israel W/short Avinu Malkeinu at end before Va'anachnu lo neida only on fast days?

During Weekdays shacharis tachanun end of tefillah, is Shomer israel/Avinu malkeinu at end before Va'anachnu lo neida only recited on tzom gedalia and other public fasts ? or do you recite it during ...
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Shuls that say Hungarian Selichos?

Are there any shuls (I'm preferably looking for shuls in Yerushalayim) that say the Hungarian(/Bohemian/Moravian/Silesian) selichos for the Yemei HaSelichos? (This is the selichos that is found in ...
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Thinking behind an unusual translation of the last word of Ashamnu?

There is a strikingly unusual translation in The Artscroll Selichos Siddur1. In several translations I have seen over the years, the last words of "Ashamnu", "תָּעִינוּ, תִּיעְתָּעְנוּ" are ...
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Order of Shema Koleinu in selichot

In different Artscroll siddurim, I count no less than 3 different orderings of Shema Koleinu. The first version is the one I'm most familiar with, so I'll mark changes in the other two with reference ...
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If you're short on time or came late to shul, which paragraphs of the selichot should you recite? (sefardic version)

If you come late to shul and need to catch up while the congregation is finishing selihot or has already started shacharit, which paragraphs of the selichot should you recite? I would like answers for ...
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When to say selichot in a minyan that doesn't

Note: This question is practical, however, my rav is not capable of answering it from his own experience, due to the nature of mainstream Orthodox kehillot in the US. According to Western Ashkenazi ...
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What exactly constitutes the 13 attributes for the purpose of not saying them without a minyan?

The answers to this question mention that the 13 attributes of God are not said in selichos when davening without a minyan. If one is saying selichot without a minyan, exactly what parts constitute ...
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Adding the 13 middot during / after the Chatanu Selichot on Yom Kippur

Originally, Minhag Ashkenaz was to recite selichot, accompanied by the 13 middot, during chazarat hashatz of all prayers of Yom Kippur. For various reasons, the vast majority of congregations today ...
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Chronology in Karaite selicha

In a Karaite siddur from 1527-9 (link, pg. 514), in the section of selichot, there's one selicha that's similar to the rabbinical selicha "מי שענה ל...הוא יעננו". In this case, it's "...
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Source that a mourner in his year does not lead the selichos in Elul and Tishrei?

I have been told that there is a Mishna Berurah that states that a mourner should not lead the selichos but can take over leading the prayers for shacharis. Please locate this Mishna Berurah.
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Custom of Children to recite selichot

I've heard that sefardic Children aren't obligated in reciting Selichot, would you please provide me a sefardic source (according to the ruling of Maran Rabbeinu Ovadya Yosef) for it?
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Origins of Musical Slichos

I recently saw a sign in my community advertising in a (Orthodox) Shul for a musical accompanied Slichos (with instruments) on Leil Slichos. When did such a practice originate? Was such a practice ...
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Saying Selichos on fast days?

Say the is a man who chooses to fast on Bahab, where Selichos are said in between Shemoneh Esrei and Tachanun. Let's say he finishes Shemoneh Esrei and sees that he only has 15 minutes before he goes ...
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Why do we vary the form of the attributes of HaShem in the selicho "Kail Rachum shmecho"?

In the selicho "Kail Rachum shmecho" we ask HaShem to do things because of ("lema'an") - a list of things. Some are in the masculine form eg shemecho and some in the feminine form eg amitoch, brisoch. ...
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