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.
Elbogen, Gottesdienst, 222; Davidson, Oẓar, 1 (1929), 177, no. 3822.
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