Kol Nidrei, one of the most awe-inspiring and misunderstood parts of Jewish liturgy, dramatizes the power of repentance

Three Ways to Make Yom Kippur Meaningful
Slovie Jungreis-Wolff
September 28, 2022

Yom Kippur is a day unlike any other. The energy of the day is the power of teshuvah – returning to become the person you were created to be. One of the most painful moments a human being can have is the realization that “I’ve messed up my life. I haven’t changed. The same things trigger me. I still lose it with the people I love. I haven’t grown spiritually. What’s my life about? Why am I here? What defines me?” Think about it. After you strip away all the externals – your home, your favorite possessions, your bank account – who are you? READ MORE

WALL STREET JOURNAL Meir Soloveichik: The Meaning of a Yom Kippur Prayer For this rea­son, Kol Nidrei speaks pro­foundly to our own time. In the age of the in­ter­net, every im­petu­ous post­ing, every mis­guided tweet, every re­gret­ted ut­ter­ance sur­vives for­ever, and of­ten no amount of re­gret is suf­fi­cient to undo the stain on some­one’s rep­u­ta­tion. Kol Nidrei re­minds us to can­cel mis­takes, rather than peo­ple, ac­cept­ing gen­uine re­gret and em­brac­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of change and growth. Af­ter cen­turies of de­bate, the fu­ture of Kol Nidrei in Jew­ish liturgy is se­cure, but its lessons need to be learned once again.

BON APPETIT How Are You Breaking Your Fast for Yom Kippur? We Asked 16 Jewish Cooks and Writers “Yom Kippur break fast is one of the most delicious and satisfying meals of the Jewish calendar,” says Shannon Sarna, editor of Jewish food website The Nosher and author of Modern Jewish Comfort Food“You have been fasting for 25 hours, you are tired, it’s nighttime, and all of a sudden you are shoveling bagels, lox, kugel, and mimosas into your face.”

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