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Friday, September 17, 2010

Kol Nidre, Wiping The Slate

Kol Nidrei is an amazing prayer.  It opens the Yom Kippur evening dovening, service.  It requests from G-d that we be able to cancel, annul, any oaths and promises we made in the previous year and in the next year.  It wants to give us a totally clean slate, no commitments promised at a moment of well-meaning impulsive weakness or uncontrolled anger.


Should we be confidently careless about our promises, because there's this Kol Nidrei prayer?  Not so simple.  I attended this wonderful shiur in Matan by Ayelet Libson about the Kol Nidrei Prayer.


Here's the Kol Nidrei as sung by the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

A favorite of mine is Moishe Oysher. Make sure to expand and read the description there.

Risa said...

So, are you doing the Al Haperek of Matan?

Batya said...

Shy, the Kol Nidrei here in our shul was great. Too bad we could't record it.

Risa, yes; how about you?

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
What were the first words heard in a movie? Times up! Kol Nidre, in "The Jazz Singer". Al Jolson (sp.?)
The movie is not exactly something for the frummies, but isn't it amazing that Kol Nidre was what the director chose to be the first words heard in the movie?

Batya said...

Yes, Hadassa, maybe a message to those who understand its meaning.

Hadassa said...

Shalom!
G-d always speaks. We don't understand the language well enough... sometimes for lack of trying...