Author Topic: Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre  (Read 16 times)

EveningStar

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Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre
« on: September 29, 2017, 02:29:24 PM »
As you know, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, begins today at sundown and ends tomorrow at sundown. The evening service begins with the Kol Nidre. It has a haunting melody. Here it is, sung by Johnny Mathis.

This is the translation from Aramaic:

"All vows, obligations, oaths, and anathemas, whether called ‘konam,’ ‘konas,’ or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming we await), we do repent. May they be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, and void, and made of no effect; they shall not bind us nor have power over us. The vows shall not be reckoned vows; the obligations shall not be obligatory; nor the oaths be oaths."

Kol Nidre is also part of the basis of a composition by Max Bruch, which can be found on YouTube in various performances and arrangements.
 

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Re: Yom Kippur and Kol Nidre
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2017, 12:30:05 AM »
Did you actually read what that says? 

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"All vows, obligations, oaths, and anathemas, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming we await), we do repent.

The applicable definitions of repent seem to be:

2 a :to feel regret or contrition
b :to change one's mind

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May they be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, and void, and made of no effect; they shall not bind us nor have power over us. The vows shall not be reckoned vows; the obligations shall not be obligatory; nor the oaths be oaths."

Definition of Oath:

1 a (1) :a solemn usually formal calling upon God or a god to witness to the truth of what one says or to witness that one sincerely intends to do what one says (2) :a solemn attestation of the truth or inviolability of one's words The witness took an oath to tell the truth in court.
b :something (such as a promise) corroborated by an oath They were required to swear an oath of loyalty. took the oath of office

So it sounds like they are pledging to lie for a year. 

Is there another explanation?
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