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October 8, 2015 | 25th Tishrei 5776
Kol Nidrei


  1. Mar 2005 Digest 041

    I have at home all the editions of the Union Prayer Book and enjoy comparing them for various differences, but the two that I always find interesting are those between the "Revised" and "Newly Revised" editions, namely…and the page in volume II of Newly Revised which gives a space to the "Kol Nidre Chant" without the words to Kol Nidre!! Only once in recent years (this past Yom Kippur, as a matter of fact) have I experienced the Kol Nidre without words, but with the organ solo. I am interested in hearing from people who have experiences (positive and negative) with the various modes in which Kol Nidre is presented.

  2. Mar 2005 Digest 041

    For the record, the Kol Nidrei text was included on that page in the first printing of UPB II, newly revised (1945). But it was removed immediately thereafter, because members of the CCAR liturgy committee/editorial board maintained that it had not been authorized by them to be there. That's why that page now has wide vertical spacing. If you're interested in the Kol Nidrei controversy within Reform Judaism, have a look at the relevant chapter in Jakob Petuchowski's Prayerbook Reform in Europe. BTW, the custom was controversial from the get-go. It is not talmudic, but is first mentioned by the Babylonian geonim Natronai and Amram in the ninth century as minhag shtut--"a foolish custom"!--because the Rabbis disapproved of rash vow-taking as a popular custom, and so also of vow-annulling at the last moment. It's not clear whether the custom is originally from Erets Israel or Babylonia outside the rabbinical academies.

  3. Mar 2005 Digest 046

    [Re:] instrumental rendering of Kol Nidrei.

    I have seen this done often, at several temples, following the rabbi's or cantor's chanting of Kol Nidrei. It seems to be a good emotional/spiritual fit at that time, a good backdrop for personal meditation.

    What I heard was always a solo, often provided by a member of the congregation. I can recall hearing cello, violin, flute, organ and French horn renditions.



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