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Get Ready for Selichos!
The chazan saying the Selichot should wrap himself in a fringed tallit before beginning the Ashrei prayer. Because there is a doubt whether one should say a blessing on his tallit when putting it on at night or not to bless.1 Therefore, he should not use his own nor the congregational tallit,2 but rather borrow a tallit from another.3 If there is not found any (other) tallit at all, one can say Selichot, and the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy, also without a tallit. There are (certain) communities with the custom that the one saying Selichot also says the morning and afternoon services and the previous (days) evening service. He (also) has precedence over a mourner, a mohel,4 and a yahrzeit.5 It is best to stand while saying Selichot.6 If it is difficult for him, he should stand at least while saying ''Almighty King, who sits on the throne of mercy...'' and (during) the Thirteen Attributes of Mercy.7 (KSA 128:6)