Thursday, August 27, 2015

Guidelines When One is Saying Selihot Without a Minyan

Guidelines When One is Saying Selihot Without a Minyan
Day: Thursday
Date: August 27, 2015
Parshat: Ki Tetzei
Yalkut Yosef: O"H 581

One who is saying Selihot on his own without a minyan should omit the parts in Aramaic. These are omitted since when no minyan is present our prayers are brought to HaShem by angels and since the angels don't understand Aramaic they don't bring those particular prayers to HaShem. However when there is a minyan the Shechina of HaShem is present and the assistance of angels is unnecessary. Obviously this is a very deep concept not to be taken at face value. When saying The Thirteen Midot one should not count them on his fingers as is done when saying the ingredients in the Ketoret. This is because it is not quite clear which words in the verse are the separate midot. The Thirteen Midot should not be said in the regular way when there is no minyan present. Instead they should be said with the proper ta'amim as if the person is reading them from the Torah.

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