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Seliḥot

Seliḥot. Penitential prayers seeking forgiveness (Heb., seliḥah), forming in effect an additional Jewish prayer-service for fast days and the penitential season. The Sephardim usually recite seliḥot for forty days from Rosh Ḥodesh Elul (see NEW YEAR) to Yom Kippur, while the Ashkenazim begin on the Sunday before Rosh ha-Shanah. Seliḥot are also recited on all official fast days.

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