The month of Elul, which precedes the New Year and the Day of Atonement, has been set aside in the Jewish tradition as a period of intense introspection and preparation for the "Days of Awe". Selihot are prayers of supplication in which Jews ask for God's forgiveness and promise change. Here we have gathered some of these prayers from Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Oriental traditions.

In Ashkenazi communities Selihot services are held for at least four days before the holiday, in many synagogues beginning at dawn. In the Sephardic tradition, Selihot are recited daily, from the first day of Elul until Yom Kippur — the forty-day span corresponding with the period during which Moses remained on Mount Sinai to receive the Torah.

1. Ben Adam (Son of man) - a traditional Oriental prayer of awakening and repentance.
"Son of man, why are you asleep, get up and cry out in supplication.
Pour out your heart in full demand of pardon before the Lord of Lords".
Sung by Medad Tassa
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2. Ben Adam (Son of man) - the same hymn.
Sung by Hagay Batsri
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3. Adon haselihot (Master of pardon) - a traditional Oriental prayer
"Lord of pardon, examiner of hearts, revealer of depths, speaker of truth,
We have sinned before you, have mercy on us".
Sung by Yishaq Elrov
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4. Havienu (Bring us) - from the Ashkenazi liturgy
Sung by a Canadian choir
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5. From the Askenazi Orthodox liturgy of Selihot
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