Now's The Time(s) To Say "I'm Sorry"
But how many times - there's the rub! With that, here are three "Torah math" quiz questions relating to this time of year. Two are new, the third a golden oldie from the early days of this blog, also question 3 in the above link.
1) This week we read Parshas Nitzavim by itself, and then Vayelech by itself next Shabbos. Many other years, they are read on a single Shabbos as a double parshah. About what percentage of the time are they read separately vs. together? (Note: working out the answer to this item should help you somewhat with the next one.)
2) Under Ashkenazic minhag, we start reciting selichos on the Sunday morning before Rosh Hashanah - or sometimes two Sundays before as this year - and then conclude on erev Yom Kippur. So, not counting the selichos said in maariv and neilah of Yom Kippur itself, what is the average number of days each year on which selichos for yomim noraim are said?
3) From mincha on erev Yom Kippur through Neilah, inclusive, how many times is the chest struck? Note: again, this is based on the Ashkenazic minhag/siddur, and assumes the chest is not struck for the "al chataim" lines at the end of the "al chayt" confessional.