JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Slichas Night? #general

Marc DVer <mdver@...>

Slichos are additional prayers added in the days before Rosh Hashanah
and Yom Kippur. Those >from European decent they start either the
Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah or the Saturday night before that,
if Rosh Hashanah is before Wednesday. Those >from Sephardic backgrounds
start the first day of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanah.

I took a quick look her Hebrew birthday, which is the first of Elul,
5681. That would seem to indicate that your cousin is of Sephardic decent.

As for it being the saddest day of the year, I would take issue with
that, but that may have just been her opinion.

(The word Slichos is probably related to the word Slicha. Slichos are
prayers in which we ask for forgiveness.)

Marc DVer

Steve Orlen wrote:
I asked when she was born. "I was born on Slichas night, the
saddest day of the Jewish year.