Because Yom Kippur begins this Friday, I’ve selected Kol Nidre for this installment. I’ve been a fan of Johnny Mathis since childhood mainly because of his beautiful voice but partly because he enunciates so clearly. (You will notice time and again I’ve gone back to the old time singers because of their elocution.) I purchased a CD of his, Good Night, Dear Lord, containing religions songs and Kol Nidre was one of them. This song gives me chills every time I hear it. Servetus can probably give a better explanation, but Kol Nidre is the evening service that begins Yom Kippur and means “all vows.” Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. This holiday follows the week after Rosh Hashanah, New Year’s, which heralded in the year 5772 last week.
Happy belated New Year to Servetus and all who practice the faith. Shalom.
Translation: “All personal vows we are likely to make, all personal oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our personal vows, pledges and oaths be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths.”