||Poster calling for prayers and penitential rites to be performed by someone whose actions result in a prohibited seminal emission. It begins by emphasizing the grievousness of the sin and the terrible troubles that result from such an occurrence. The poster instructs as to the necessary corrective action, during the upcoming period of Shovevim Tat, including fasts, the recitation of prayers, and learning. The poster gives the locations of participating synagogues for prayer which includes the Aram Zova (Syria) and other Sephardic places of worship.
Shovevim Tat, an acrostic composed of the initial letters of the names of the first eight weekly sidrot ("Torah portions") of the Book of Exodus which are read in the winter months between Hanukkah and Purim. Since diseases were prevalent, especially among infants, during the long and hard winter season, it was the custom to recite penitential prayers (selihot) on Thursdays of the weeks in which these portions were read in order to avert disastrous epidemics. These penitential prayers are recited in the morning service in the Ashkenazi ritual, or at the afternoon service only (Italian rite). In many European communities, it was customary to fast on these Thursdays; in others (North Africa) on the Mondays and the Thursdays of the Shovavim Tat period. Penitential prayers and fasting do not take place on Thursdays that coincide with a Rosh Hodesh. Kabbalists (R. Isaac Luria, R. Isaiah ha-Levi Horowitz), attributed mystical concepts to the observance of Shovavim Tat.