Why does selichot begin with the “Ashrei” prayer and end with the “Tachanun” prayer? What do these two prayers have to do with Teshuva? In the psalm recited twice a day throughout the High Holidays period (Ps. 27), King David asks for “just one thing from God”. Why would he ask for just one thing? Why not two things, or three things?
With help from the curious story of Rabbi Elazar ben Durdaya (Avoda Zara 17a), Rabbi Dunner reveals why simplifying your focus in the High Holidays period is the surest route to a comprehensive positive realignment in your life.
Rabbi Dunner addresses YINBH Beverly Hills Synagogue before the Selichot service on Motzei Shabbat Nitzavim-Vayelech, September 16 2017