Selihoth

Selihoth

[Sephardic Hebrew suh-lee-khawt, slee-; Ashkenazic Hebrew suh-lee-khohs, slee-khuhs]
noun Hebrew.
1.
(used with a plural verb) liturgical prayers serving as expressions of repentance and pleas for God's forgiveness, recited by Jews during the period, usually beginning the preceding week, before Rosh Hashanah, during the period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and on fast days.
2.
(used with a singular verb) a religious service at which such prayers are recited.
Also, Selihot, Selichoth, Selihos.


Origin:
səlīḥōth literally, pardons

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To selihoth
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia

selihoth

("pardons"), in Jewish liturgy, penitential prayers originally composed for Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and for fast days but subsequently incorporated into other services. Selihoth have become an indispensable part of the Jewish liturgical services that precede Rosh Hashana (New Year), continue through the Ten Days of Penitence ('aseret yeme teshuva), and terminate on Yom Kippur.

Learn more about selihoth with a free trial on Britannica.com.

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature