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Q&A Why is the verse about old age specifically read aloud in Selichot?

Rashi there (Tehillim 71:9) understands "eit ziknah" not as a chronological age but "If I have aged with sins, meaning, I have sinned exceedingly." So the speaker is asking for Hashem not to aband...

posted 1y ago by rosends‭  ·  edited 1y ago by rosends‭

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#2: Post edited by user avatar rosends‭ · 2023-03-23T16:25:33Z (about 1 year ago)
  • Rashi there (Tehillim 71:9) understand "eit ziknah" not as a chronological age but "If I have aged with sins, meaning, I have sinned exceedingly."
  • So the speaker is asking for Hashem not to abandon him even if he is mired so deeply in sin (at any age) that he feels he has a lack of strength to return to Hashem.
  • Rashi there (Tehillim 71:9) understands "eit ziknah" not as a chronological age but "If I have aged with sins, meaning, I have sinned exceedingly."
  • So the speaker is asking for Hashem not to abandon him even if he is mired so deeply in sin (at any age) that he feels he has a lack of strength to return to Hashem.
#1: Initial revision by user avatar rosends‭ · 2023-03-23T16:25:19Z (about 1 year ago)
Rashi there (Tehillim 71:9) understand "eit ziknah" not as a chronological age but "If I have aged with sins, meaning, I have sinned exceedingly."

So the speaker is asking for Hashem not to abandon him even if he is mired so deeply in sin (at any age) that he feels he has a lack of strength to return to Hashem.