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The Meaning of Kol Nidrei

The extraordinary history and lesson of this moving prayer.

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Published: September 1, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 12

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

Impressed

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

Inspiring

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

(8) BJ, September 16, 2010 5:10 PM

Heartfelt thanks

It is not only Rabbi Sacks's heartfelt words but also his tone that speaks to me so urgently and warmly. Thank you, Rabbi, for enriching my Ten Days.

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