Sunday, August 27, 2017

Guidelines for Saying Selihot Without a Minyan

Guidelines for Saying Selihot Without a Minyan
Day: Sunday
Date: August 27, 2017
Parshat: Ki Tetzei
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 581

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One who is saying the selihot on his own without a minyan should omit the parts in Aramaic. The reason for omitting those parts is because 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 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 we do when saying the ingredients in the ketoret. This is because it is not quite clear which words in the pasuk are separate midot.

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