YOM KIPPUR | KOL NIDRE SERVICE
BY RICHARD SISON | 2016
From Yom Teruah to Yom Kippur, a period of ten days known as “aseret yeme teshuvah,” which means Ten Days of Repentance. It is an especially intensive period focused on making amends for wrong committed against one’s fellow human beings and against the Almighty during the past year or so.
Yom Kippur begins with the evening service of Kol Nidre (all vows), during which the liturgy introduces the main themes of this day: communal confession of sins, individual atonement, and divine compassion. Because Yom Kippur marks the end of the special forty-day of repentance, it is characterized by a sense of urgency and solemnity. In Yom Teruah we uttered “Write us in the Book of Life” and on this eve of Yom Kippur we pray “Seal us in the Book of Life.”
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