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Literally, forgiveness. Prayers requesting God to pardon sins and end suffering. Thousands of selihot were written mainly between the 7th and 17th centuries. Well-known writers such as Judah Ha-Levi, Solomon Ibn-Gabirol, and Rashi, as well as numerous anonymous poets, produced fervent selihot, many bearing acrostics with the author’s name. Many of the selihot have been incorporated into the synagogue services, particularly those of the High Holy Days.

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