August 31, 2013 
COMING FROM THE Hebrew word for “forgiveness” and a liturgical poem whose subject is a plea for the forgiveness of sins, Selichot is a service of penitential prayers that are recited on all fast days, periods of special intercession and during the penitential season, which begins before Rosh Hashanah and concludes with Yom Kippur.
Originally, the Selichot service consisted of several groups of biblical verses, each culminating in the recitation of the Lord’s 13 attributes enumerated in Exodus 34:6. In Geonic times (the sixth to the 12th century), the service was expanded and enriched with the inclusion of the penitential prayers written by liturgical poets.
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