EL MELEKH YOSHEV (Heb. אֵל מֶלֶךְ יוֹשֵׁב; "God, King enthroned"), first words and name of a petitional prayer for the forgiving of sins, with reference to god 's Thirteen Attributes (Ex. 34:6–7). It is the main theme and refrain of the Seliḥot services in all rites and is thought to have originated in the sixth century C.E. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Elbogen, Gottesdienst, 222; Davidson, Oẓar, 1 (1929), 177, no. 3822.

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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  • ADONAI, ADONAI, EL RAḤUM VE-ḤANNUN — (Heb. יְהוָה, יְהוָה, אֵל רַחוּם וְחַנּוּן; The Lord, The Lord, God, merciful and gracious ; Ex. 34:6–7), initial words of the Thirteen Attributes of God. Based upon a talmudic saying that God Himself revealed this formula to Moses as being… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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