Not sure why, but this Selichos is enchanting

There is something so genuine about Sephardic davening. I was most exposed to it in Bombay. (I once was in Bombay on Selichos on Motzei Shabbos in the original old Chabad House of R’ Gavriel and Rivki הי’’ד.

I guess if I had to put my finger on it, it is the constant involvement of individual Mispallelim (or should that be Mitpallelim) and less of a focus on the Hazan. The latter, of course, is more like the leader and not a sole performer, operatic or otherwise, and will not necessarily stand at the front like Ashkenazim. (Hat tip MT). There is also more audience participation, from all types, and there are colours other than black.

Certainly beats the rushed reading of the sets of Anenu’s, as you hit the home stretch before finishing.

Author: pitputim

I'm a computer science professor in Melbourne, Australia. I skylark as the band leader/singer for the Schnapps band. My high schooling was in Chabad and I continued at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh in Israel.

1 thought on “Not sure why, but this Selichos is enchanting”

  1. Certainly beats the rushed reading of the sets of Anenu’s, as you hit the home stretch before finishing.

    Depends on the circumstances. Try visiting towards the end of Ne’ila, with the clock in overtime, and the בדיל ויעבורs run into each other, so the kahal is just saying בדיל ויעבור בדיל ויעבור בדיל ויעבור nonstop, while the chazan is racing through the first column…

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