Deerfield-News.com-Deerfield Beach,Fl- The Deerfield Beach Jewish communtiy begins to observe Yom Kippur this evening.For Jews “Yom Kippur” is the holiest day of the year.
Yom Kippur also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive, often praying spending most of the day in synogogue services.
Before sunset on Yom Kippur eve, worshipers gather in the synogogue. The Ark is opened and two people take from it two Sifrei Torah (Torah scrolls). Then they take their places, one on each side of the Hazzan and the three recite (in Hebrew):
The cantor then chants the Kol Nidrei prayer (Aramaic: כל נדרי). This prayer is recited in Aramaic Its name “Kol Nidre” is taken from the opening words, and translates “All vows”:
All personal vows we are likely to make, all personal oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our personal vows, pledges and oaths be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths.
The leader and the congregation then say together three times “May all the people of Israel be forgiven, including all the strangers who live in their midst, for all the people are in fault.” The Torah scrolls are then placed back into the Ark, and the Yom Kippur evening service begins.
For those who choose not to attend a service or can not Deerfield-News.com is attaching two of our greatest Cantors versions of Kol Nidrei.Below are Yossele Rosenblatt and Moishe Oysher’s versions thanks to Youtube of Kol Nidrei.