Jews around the world are marking the run up to the Days of Awe with Slichot, a series of liturgy and poems recited at night. Prof. Jeffery Woolf, a professor in the Talmud department in Bar Ilan University, explains the origins of the ancient practice. He told reporter Arieh O’Sullivan that it is a mitzva, or commandment to observe, and is God’s plea to his people to ask him for forgiveness.