Kol Nidrei

The declaration made before the recital of Kol Nidrei [We permit prayer with thosewho are transgressors] has its roots in the events that occurred at the time of theforced conversions imposed upon Spanish Jews. The Church subjected SpanishJewry to harsh and cruel persecution, forcing them to renounce Judaism and acceptChristianity. There were many among the Jews who, unable to withstand the crueltreatment, publicly accepted the … Continue reading Kol Nidrei

Hineni: Prayer for the Ability to Pray

Hineni. Here I am. Most of what we recite in synagogue on the High Holidays utilizes the first person plural: We praise you. God, save us because we have sinned. We pray as a community and we express ourselves collectively. But the Hineni prayer, a meditation traditionally recited by the cantor prior to the Musaf (or additional) service on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, stands … Continue reading Hineni: Prayer for the Ability to Pray

Injustice of Our Hands

So that We May Refrain from the Injustice of Our Hands During the Ne’ilah prayer, the prayer that culminates all the Days of Awe recited towards the conclusion of Yom Kippur, we state: “And You, Hashem our G-d, have given us this Yom Kippur etc. for pardon, forgiveness, and atonement so that we may refrain from the injustice of our hands and return to fulfill … Continue reading Injustice of Our Hands