S'lichot, ("forgiveness") refers to the special penitential prayers recited by Jews throughout the month of Elul preceding and during the High Holy Days, including some of the finest Hebrew religious poetry ever composed. It is a season of reflection, self-examination, fasting, and repentance with a daily blowing of the shofar as a reminder of the approaching season of atonement. In some communities, this is also a time to visit the graves of loved ones. Reform congregations usually observe S'lichot on the Saturday night just prior to Rosh Hashanah. Click here to read more about S'lichot.