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Source of non-verse in Selichot

Seconding @Aryeh that this is an excellent question. I did some research on the subject and this is what I've found on the matter: Authorship: First of all, it seems that the composer of this non-...
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selichot on yom hakkipurim

The Arukh haShulchan (OC 620:1) writes: ומה שתמיהני: דהנה הרא"ש שלהי יומא, והטור בסימן זה הביאו בשם הגאונים לומר בשחרית חמש פעמים "ויעבור". ויש אומרים שלוש עשרה פעמים כנגד שלוש עשרה ...
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Selichot and blessing on Torah study

Rema Orach Chaim 46:9 notes that the custom he observed was to recite birchot hatorah only after selichot. However Mishnah Berurah 46:27 points out that the prevalent custom today is not to recite ...
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Why is there a difference of the position of Selichot?

As you can see from the Tur 581 and his commentators and successors, the Elul/Tishrei Selichot are said pre-dawn as pre-dawn is an auspicious time for connecting with The Spiritual. (See the first ...
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Is it possible to have slichos without Avinu Malkeinu?

German Ashkenazim do not say on public fast days Avinu Malkeinu, and this was followed by the Ashkenazim of Austria-Hungary. See any Rödelheim or Schlesinger siddur for reference. Edit 12.07.2017: ...
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Why does the chazzan start ashrei in selichot earlier?

I'm vaguely recalling what I had heard many years ago when I studied Nusach at the Belz School of Jewish music (part of Yeshiva University.) Cantor Beer taught the course on Selichot and he was (and ...
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Who opposes saying the Piyut מכניסי רחמים?

Artscroll (introduction to Selichot) quotes the Maharal of Prague as writing strongly against supplications addressed to angelic advocates. Why may one seek the intercession of human ...
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Why Ashrei in Selichot?

The Levush explains in his commentary on Orach Chayim 581 (page 204 in the PDF linked here) why the selichos service concludes with kaddish shalem, which is normally reserved for after shmoneh esrei. ...
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Why would God forsake us when we are old?

ט אַל-תַּשְׁלִיכֵנִי, לְעֵת זִקְנָה; כִּכְלוֹת כֹּחִי, אַל-תַּעַזְבֵנִי 9 Cast me not off in the time of old age; when my strength faileth, forsake me not. י כִּי-אָמְרוּ אוֹיְבַי לִי;...
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Is recitation of Selichot a halachic obligation?

Selichot cannot be a Halachic Obligation (as defined by you as something that a Jew is obligated to do, according to Jewish law. This is in contrast to a minhag, which might be "good", "...
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What should a chazan do if he has theological problems with the congregation's text?

R. Chaim Berlin writes in a responsum (Nishmas Chaim # 7 in the one volume edition) that it is forbidden to publicly deviate from the nusach and the customs of the congregation, and it is a violation ...
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Are there texts where the author describes how he wishes to actively arrange his own demise?

Yona 4, 3: ועתה יהוה, קח-נא את-נפשי ממני; כי טוב מותי מחיי: ‏ Therefore now, O Lord, take, I pray you, my life from me; for it is better for me to die than to live. Genesis 27, 46 (here the whish is ...
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Davening Netz or Selichos

Rav Chaim Kanivesky (Daas Noteh 1:page 192:10) was asked this question. He answered "with certainty davening vasikin(source in gemara) is more important than selichos(just a minhag),but the main ...
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Are there any prayer books from the Conservative movement that include Selihot?

The text of Selichot which are recited around Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are very lengthy, and are therefore (I presume) usually included in separate standalone volumes. I have seen at least 4 or 5 ...
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How to understand the first selicho for Asoro B'Teves

This is from the Art Scroll siddur with translation of this selicha (page 848/849) The next few verses give the list of three Translation of the Torah into Greek on the ninth of Teves Ezra the Sofer ...
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Is it possible to have slichos without Avinu Malkeinu?

This occurs most notably on these occasions: Entire Chodesh Ellul (Sefardim) or approx. last week of Ellul (Ashkenazim) Erev Yom Kippur (Avinu Malkeinu is not said unless Yom Kippur occurs on Shabbat....
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Source of non-verse in Selichot

Too long for a comment: Footnote 34 in Heineman's "The Ancient 'Orders of Benedictions' for New Year and Fasts" (Tarbiẕ, 1976), argues that the non-Biblical verse was inserted to have a complete ten ...
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Recommendations for explanations of selichos

Mateh Levi is a classic peirush, and there's a copy of Selichos with it at http://beta.hebrewbooks.org/23516, although a lot of the pages have ink blots or something that make them difficult to read. ...
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The one who begins with a mitzvah ends it

Rema Orach Chaim 585:4 writes that it is preferable that the one who blows shofar before musaf also blows during musaf because of this principle.
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Swapping selichot of the fourth and fifth days after Rosh HaShanah

With full thanks and acknowledgement to @JoelK, it writes in Nitei Gavriel here the following: כשחל יוה"כ ביום ב' או ביום ה' יש מקדימים לומר סליחות של י"ג מדות ביום ב' או ביום ה' שלפניו, ...
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Text of S'lichos Online

Sefaria.org has it on different nusachim. Scroll down in liturgy. Specifically: Edot HaMizrach Nusach Polin Nusach Lita Nusach Lita - Linear English translation
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Were the 8th and 9th of Teves once fasts?

The Behag lists a number of days where the custom is to fast because of various historical tragedies, including both 8 and 9 Tevet. While the Tur and Shulchan Arukh quote this list in OC 580, the Beit ...
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Is Tefillin worn during the Three Weeks of Tammuz?

They are called בין המצרים is Hebrew or "the Three Weeks" in English. They are partly in Tammuz and partly in Av, so calling them "the Three Weeks of Tammuz", seems to be incorrect. I am not aware of ...
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Saying tachanun on a fast day when there is a chatan

According to Mishnah Berurah commentary on O.C. 131:5 comment #27, if a chattan is in shul on a fast day, they say Selichot, but do not say Tachanun.
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What defines a שלמונית?

I cannot verify the source of Artscroll's definition. Upon inspection, it appears that a שלמונית is a four stanza סליחה, specifically in which every stanza ends with a fragment of a פסוק. In many ...
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Can one say the fast-day selichos before the morning prayers?

Partial answer See this article which sites Likutei Maharich that explains why for Selichot Yamim Nora'im they added Ashrei and other items In summary, he says that Ashrei is like psukei Dezimra. ...
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Selichot when a mohel, baal brit or sandak are in the shul

16: If there is a Bris, and it still hasn’t become light outside you certainly need to do Nefilat Apayim. There is an argument amongst the Acharonim if it already became light outside whether or not ...
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Shuls that say selichos for Kaf Sivan

A 2011 post (Hebrew) on bhol.co.il titled: "For the first time in Belz: Selichot in the middle of Sivan" says: As it is known, many different communities say selichos on 20 Sivan in memory ...
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Selichot and blessing on Torah study

There are indeed different customs regarding whether or not it is necessary / proper to recite Birkhat Hatorah prior to selichot. This clear and concise Halacha Yomit on the subject brings the major ...
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The one who begins with a mitzvah ends it

So far I have only comes across the mishnah in Gemara Brochos 42b where it mentions saying grace over meals over a cup of wine. It writes the following: בָּא לָהֶם יַיִן בְּתוֹךְ הַמָּזוֹן — כׇּל ...
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