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The Meaning of Kol Nidrei

The extraordinary history and lesson of this moving prayer.

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Visitor Comments: 13

(13) Mike, September 28, 2017 1:43 AM

An inspiring message

Thank you Rabbi Sacks for those eloquent words about the struggles of generations past. i feel fortunate to live a life of freedom. Your observations have given me much to think about as I prepare for Yom Kippur.

(12) Eleanor, September 26, 2012 2:29 PM


What a beautiful explanation by a man that is so articulate and joyful to listen to - thank you!

(11) Anonymous, September 17, 2010 11:16 AM

Thank you for providing the historical context for the origins of Kol Nidrei. How wonderful that conversos were provided with an avenue for connection to Judaism in spite of their conversions. I am perplexed, however, about how this legalistic formulation pertains to me? I find the melody haunting; its deeply plaintive qualities express a heartfelt yearning that helps me connect with a deep yearning within myself, and for that I am profoundly appreciative and grateful. However, I have never found the words to be meaningful. Would you please convey how the content of Kol Nidrei could be meaningful to someone with no individual or familial history of conversion, for whom Judaism is deeply meaningful?

(10) Geoff, September 17, 2010 10:38 AM


Yet again the Chief privileges and honours us with his inspiring words as we approach Yom Kippur. Gmar chasima tova

(9) , September 16, 2010 10:37 PM

WoW! Live and learn! Thanx

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