Definition of Kol Nidre in English:

Kol Nidre


  • An Aramaic prayer annulling vows made before God, sung by Jews at the opening of the Day of Atonement service on the eve of Yom Kippur.

    • ‘The text and chant of Kol Nidre was introduced by Rabbi Yehuda Gaon in his synagogue during the eighth century.’
    • ‘His fear increased during Kol Nidre because of the service's importance and duration.’
    • ‘On the other hand, Sephardic versions of Kol Nidre vary both in melody and performance practice from one community to the next.’
    • ‘Finally, near the end of his life, he takes his own grandchild to Yom Kippur Eve services and listens to her guess why Kol Nidre is sung three times.’
    • ‘There are moving stories of the cathartic power of Kol Nidre bringing Jews to tears during the terror-numbing years of the Holocaust.’


From Aramaic kol niḏrē all the vows (the opening words of the prayer).


Kol Nidre

/kɒl ˈniːdreɪ/