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Kol Nidre

Kol Nidre

Kol Nidre Introduced

The Kol Nidre prayer is recited on the eve of Yom Kippur during the opening services on the Day of Atonement. This Aramaic prayer is chanted or prayed by Jews around the world as a personal confession. It sets the mood for Yom Kippur. By many it is considered the theme of Yom Kippur. It invokes the moods of reflection, self-examination, penitence, awe, devotion, prayer and hope. It also invokes another mood.

It is a mood of longing. Longing to return to the days before it’s prominence. The practice of requesting the annulment of vows made before G-d is a relatively “new” Jewish tradition. Occasionally, modern Rabbis attempt to remove it. Watch this brief video explaining the mystery of this prayer.