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Toward the end of the month of Elul, a week before Rosh Hashanah on Saturday night, we gather as a community and recite selichot, prayers of penitence.

About Selichot

The Selichot liturgy contains some of the finest Jewish religious poetry ever composed, and our moving, inspiring candlelit service urges us to reflect on the year that is ending. With strains of the High Holy Day melodies and the beautiful voices of Cantors Manevich and Bortnick to guide us, we utter our first confession of the season, as well as Sh'ma Koleinu, asking God to hear our voices.

These prayers and poetry on the theme of forgiveness are meant to inspire us to begin the process of asking forgiveness — from God, from our loved ones, from ourselves — for whatever we did wrong in the past year.