Exploring the Mystery of Kol Nidre

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To help people understand and prepare for Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement – and the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Rabbi Peter Rubinstein unpacks the central prayer of the holiday, Kol Nidre, which is chanted in synagogues on the eve of Yom Kippur and traditionally draws huge crowds, despite the obscure meaning of the text. He offers some ideas about why this ancient Aramaic prayer still has such a hold on so many people.