Start of Selichot

Start of Selichot

As the Jewish High Holidays approach, a special tradition of reciting Selichot (communal prayers for Divine forgiveness) is followed. The Selichot are said every day until the end of the High Holidays, which begin with Rosh Hashana and conclude with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The Sephardic custom is to start a month before the holidays begin, while the Ashkenazi tradition is to start just the Saturday night before Rosh Hashana.

Bnei Menashe, who generally follow Sephardic customs, have been waking up in the early morning to recite the Selichot which consist of special prayers and poems as they are warming up for the High Holidays and asking G-d for forgiveness.

In the photos are the beginning of Slichot at Mercaz Shavei Israel, in Aizawl, Mizoram in northeast India.

Selichot in Manipur (Credit: Meital Singson)

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Laura Ben-David
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