Vows That Divide
Why Does Kol Nidrei Begin Yom Kippur?

Avi Killip

Annulling our vows is a strange way to start a communal day of atonement. And yet, we come together in the moments before Yom Kippur to recite Kol Nidrei. Promising not to keep our word seems like a particularly lousy way to enter into a day of judgement. Wouldn’t we prefer to be a people who honors our vows? Using sources from the Talmud and Mishnah, we will investigate why we still begin Yom Kippur with Kol Nidrei.

Vows That Divide: Why Does Kol Nidrei Begin Yom Kippur?
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