Standing During Kaddish and the Laws of Selichos


selichos-L’chatchila one should make an effort to stand during Kaddish, at least until after saying “Amein Yehei Shemei Rabbah”, and the Amein that follows it. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Berurah 56:1 MB7,8

However, according to Rav Shloma Zalmen Auerbach, (and many other Poskim) one should L’Chatchila make an effort to stand for the entire Kaddish. Halichos Shlomo 86, Sdei Chemed 2:29, Piskei Tshuvos 56:4Hilchos Chodesh Elul – Review

Rav Moshe Feinstein z’tl rules that one should only say Selichos before Chatzos in a circumstance of great need or urgency (e.g. If one is afraid to walk at night after Chatzos) and the heter is a “Horoas Sha’ah” – not to be used on a regular ongoing basis. Igros Moshe OC 2:105

There is a minhag to fast on the first day of Selichos, and one who is fasting says Aneinu in the beracha of Shomei’ah Tefilah during Mincha (but the Shliach Tzibur does not). {One need not complete the fast until night. Shulchan Aruch w/Mishnah Brurah 581:2

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