Angela Buchdahl sings “Kol Nidrei.”Evening service for Yom Kippur. Rabbi at the Central Synagogue in New York, USA.

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Kol Nidrei: Ve’esarei, Ush’vuei, Vacharamei, Vekonamei, Vekinusei, Vechinuyei.  D’indarna, Ud’ishtabana, Ud’acharimna, Ud’assarna Al nafshatana Miyom Kippurim zeh, ad Yom Kippurim haba aleinu letovah Bechulhon Icharatna vehon, Kulhon yehon sharan Sh’vikin sh’vitin, betelin umevutalin, lo sheririn v’lo kayamin, Nidrana lo nidrei, V’essarana lo essarei, Ush’vuatana lo shevuot.  All vows: Prohibitions, oaths, consecrations, vows that we may vow, swear, consecrate, or prohibit upon ourselves -from this Yom Kippur until the next Yom Kippuer, may it come upon us for good -regarding them all, we regret them henceforth. They will all be permitted, abandoned, cancelled, null and void, without power and without standing. Our vows shall not be valid vows; our prohibitions shall not be valid prohibitions; and our oaths shall not be valid oaths.

Kol Nidrei-The vows not meant to be taken under duress or unknowing.

Kol Nidrei is both the opening prayer and the name for the evening service that begins Yom Kippur. Kol Nidrei literally means “All Vows.” It asks God to annul vows we may make (to God) during the coming year, either innocently or under duress. In other words, vows made unintentionally through the careless use of words or vows made because a person was forced to do so.