Tishrei 5779 Calendar in PDF format.
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How can we confess—in viduiy—to sins which we are quite sure we haven’t committed?
The Rambam answers this: Every aveirah listed is only a category which includes offshoots and derivatives. For example, “immorality” would include improper thoughts: inappropriate reading; improper viewing; over-familiarity with the opposite gender. Stealing includes any form of dishonesty, especially monetary. Chillul Shabbos would include anything done not in the Shabbos spirit (and many times this is even technically assur).
Also, many times we have been negligent in influencing others to the good; we are then held somewhat responsible for their sins—they are ours as well.
It is customary [for men] to be toivel in a kosher mikvah on Erev Rosh Hashana, regardless if they are impure or not, in order to spiritually purify themselves in preparation for the holy day. (Rama Siman 581:4)
The accepted custom is to immerse in the mikvah three times to signify the 3 times it says the word “Tahara” (purity) in the pasuk (Yechezkael 36:25): “V’Zarakti Aleichem Mayim Tehorim U’Tehartem MiKol Tumoseichem U’Mikol Giluleichem A’Taher Eschem” (“[Hashem says] I will sprinkle purified water upon you, and purify you from all your impurities; and from all your filthiness I will purify you”) (See Mateh Ephraim Siman 581:53 )
There are other minhagim regarding how many times to immerse; if you don’t have an established personal custom regarding this, do it three times.
The earliest time for going to the Mikvah is an hour before chatzos (Chatzos is approximately 12:37pm this year). (Mishna Berura Siman 581:26)
It is important to say the pesukim preceding each
selicha, as they were chosen b’ruach hakodesh and they form
the basis for the selicha which follows.
If a person cannot keep pace with the minyan with
which he is saying selichos, he should say the selichos at his
own pace, and join the minyan for the “13 middos”, and then
simply continue from where he left off. The minyan should also be
joined for shema koleinu and viduy.