A great new edition of selichos according to Minhag Ashkenaz, has just been released in Eretz Yisroel.
In addition to being arranged according to that venerable tradition, with pleasing to the eye font and layout, it also features translations of difficult words into easy Hebrew, as well as more extensive commentary notes to the prayer text on the bottom of the page, among other features. We owe a great debt of gratitude to the mechaber, Rav Shimon Schuster of Kiryas Sefer, for all the work he put in to make it available to the public.
This should be of significant interest to those who follow מנהג אשכנז, as well as those who are interested in tefilloh and selichos in general. Those who say selichos arranged according to other orders, such as מנהג ליטא, or מנהג פולין, will also find it of interest, as while there are some differences in the selichos selections and order between them and that in this publication, there is also significant overlap and sharing as well. Additionally, seeing other, variant minhogim is usually illuminating, helping one to better understand, and contextualize one’s own tradition, as well.
More information on this fine new work (over five hundred pages!), and a link to download it (free of charge!), here.
Let us hope, as the mechaber writes, that this new work will help enhance our כוונה during selichos recitation, and make the tefillos more accepted on high.
בברכת חתימה טובה