Robert Israel <israel@...>
Steve Orlen) writes:
What is slichas
More usually transliterated as Selichot or Selichos: these are prayers for
forgiveness that are recited before Rosh Hashanah. In the Ashkenazi
tradition, the first Selichot service is on the Saturday night (but after
midnight, so actually on Sunday) before Rosh Hashanah, or on the previous
Saturday night if Rosh Hashanah falls on Monday or Tuesday. That night would
be "Slichas night". It's not a particularly sad time, however. In Sephardi
tradition, Selichot start on the night after the first day of the month of Elul.
Now in 1921, Rosh Hashanah started on Monday, October 3, which would mean that
the Ashkenazi Selichos night would be September 24. September 4, 1921 was the
first of Elul. So your cousin must be following Sephardi tradition.
Robert Israel israel@...
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada