Watch: Selichos 5776 Led By Yaakov Hagler at Rav Moshe Weinberger’s Cong. Aish Kodesh in Woodmere

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  1. Whatever happened to the serious nature of Selichos? We’re supposed to be contemplative, and introspective at the coming Day of Judgement. Who allowed it to become a “Carlebach davening?” That’s fine for Leil Shabbos, but NOT for the days of Selichos. In some places, they have bands accompanying the shaliach tzibbur! That’s NOT how Selichos were recited for generations. It’s time to call a spade a spade and get rid of the light hearted nature of how Selichos are recited in more and more shuls.

    • You have a point but this kehilla isn’t a good example for your point. When you talk about boys from williamsburgh and boro park that grew up the way you describe and for whatever reason are using their talent to become carelbach wannabees. leading minyanim and the tefillos with great talent but unfortunately less depth. This kehilla grew up very differently; most of them. This is fitting and beautiful.

      • I hear you, but the words they used are not from Selichos. It would have been much better to use Carlebach’s mournful HaNeshama Lach, or Eytan Katz’s HaNeshama Lach, which go better with the nature of Selichos and are also part of the Selichos prayers themselves.

  2. It was after Slichos that means at approximatly 1:30 in the morning after after 45 min of serious davening they felt that a little dance would get them closer to Hashem

    • There’s a time for everything (Koheles). At the end of Yom Kippur or on Sukkos, zman simchaseinu, is the time to break out in song. The serious nature and beautiful kavannah of the shaliach tzibbur as he recites “Shem Koleinu” and Yud Gimel Middos is enough to bring everyone closer to Hashem.


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