Are you worried that, because of corona, in Israel, the synagogues will be closed (to you) for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur? There is a solution.
Come now to Selichot Prayers. Much of the honoring and beseeching of our Creat^r is done before the morning prayers for many days. Same intentions, and in Mizrachi prayer services, often, also same melodies.
De Sephardim did 10 days already, the Ashkenazim begin over 2 weeks.
The Selichot of non-Ashkenazim are in easy-to-understand Hebrew and every day the same, besides a small part at the end that depends on the day of the week. They last about an hour and ideally should be said before morning prayers. But they can be said at every moment of the day. Each day you say them counts. It’s untrue that you need to say it all of nothing. They’re nicer to say with a minyan, together, but alone is better than not.
They may ask for your green passport but not for a proof you’re Mizrachic.
The Ashkenazic Selichot are in complicated Hebrew, just like their Pi’utim, to circumvent the censor during the dark Christian Diaspora. There, it pays to look (ahead of time) at a good translation to get a sense of what is said. And every day new texts. So, take your time preparing.
I want to mention something that struck me in the past 10 days that I’ve been saying S’lichot. We sing blissfully: “We sinned in your Face, [now] forgive us.” That seems a double chutzpa. First, we happily mention our failures, and then, we command the King of kings of kings to forgive us?
As so often, when we notice a problem, a solution is close by. But, we first need to see the question. Otherwise, no answer will come our way.
The solution that befell me: We need to say these words with a broken heart, with a tear in our eyes. Then, the meaning of the words become: Unfortunately, we sinned in your Face, [now] we beg You to forgive us.
Same when we shout: ‘Anaynu, Hear us—let’s do it with a broken voice.
So, we praise: “[You] are awesomely exalted, forgive sins, answer in a time of need,” and then, in a broken tone: “Unfortunately, we sinned …”
Just like the Ashkenazic broken-heart melody of ‘Avinu Maleinu, chonaynu wa’anaynu …, Our Father our King, have mercy for us and answer us …
(This is not Jewish Law. If you didn’t say or sing the remorseful words with a tear in your voice, it was still a proper prayer.)
A good year to all Jews, all our friends, everyone, and nature.