The recent Yom Kippur—or Jewish new year—festival and its “Kol Nidrei” prayer, which gives Jews the right to break “all vows” and promises for the next year, is one of the most important Jewish ceremonies, and is almost entirely unknown to Gentiles.
According to the Jewish Virtual Library (JVL)—which is run by the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) Jewish lobby—the Kol Nidrei prayer “is an Aramaic declaration recited in the synagogue before the beginning of the evening service on every Yom Kippur.”
It is the opening ceremony of Yom Kippur on what is often dubbed “Kol Nidrei night,” and its name is taken from the opening words, meaning “all vows.”
The Kol Nidrei (“All Vows”) declaration, according to the JVL, is a formal
“annulment of vows with which the evening service of the Day of Atonement commences.”
This means, the JVL says, the
“worshipers proclaim that all personal vows, oaths, etc., that they made unwittingly, rashly, or unknowingly (and that, consequently, cannot be fulfilled) during the year should be considered null and void.
“The recitation must begin while it is still daylight and must be prolonged until sunset.
“It is the custom to repeat Kol Nidrei three times in order to accommodate latecomers.”
The actual words of the Kol Nidrei prayer are, according to the My Jewish Learning resource, part of the “largest nonprofit, nondenominational Jewish media organization in North America,” as follows:
“All vows we are likely to make, all 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 vows, pledges, and oaths be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths.”
The JVL adds that the Kol Nidrei has “became the most beloved ritual of the Day of Atonement,” a fact confirmed by a recent article in the Times of Israel which declared that the music accompanying the prayer has the “power to convert back to Judaism” those Jews who had become secular.
“Jewish history is replete with influential, secularized thinkers who were “converted” back to Judaism by this prayer, which is basically a disavowal of all oaths and vows made to God. They include German poet Heinrich Heine, French writer Edmond Fleg, Zionist pioneer Theodor Herzl, and theologian/philosopher Franz Rosenzweig, perhaps the most famous of all to have a significant spiritual awakening following the Yom Kippur prayer.”
Well aware of the outrageous nature of the Kol Nidrei prayer—and its meaning to Gentiles, for who the idea of absolving themselves of all vows and promises for the next year is utterly repugnant—the JVL and other Jewish lobbies have manufactured a number of explanations to try and justify this prayer, mostly claiming that it refers only to vows made to God.
There is, as outlined above, no reference to “vows to God” in the prayer itself, and so this claim is clearly an “interpretation” provided to try and “explain” the meaning of the prayer. This is all pointless when the words of the prayer are explicit and obvious. It is clear that the prayer gives Jews absolution for breaking any vows and promises they might give during the coming year—a divine license to deliberately deceive others.
If any other religion had such a prayer—and blanket absolution to break vows and promises—Jewish lobbies such as the Anti-Defamation League, the SPLC, the World Jewish Congress and many others—would complain bitterly about it, and the Jewish lobby controlled mass media would be relentlessly attacking this ceremony as “evil” or “hate”—but because it is Jewish, the Kol Nidrei prayer is simply ignored.