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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).
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