The essence of Yom Kippur

22.09.2012                      06.Tischrei. 5773                      Wajelech; Schabbat Schuva

Judentum:

The essence of Yom Kippur

Sometimes we miss the mark. This can happen because we erred, or because we decide not to do what should be done.

One of the misconceptions concerning Yom Kippur is that the most important prayer of the day is Kol Nidre.
In the first place, Kol Nidre is not a prayer at all. It is a quasi-legal formula for nullifying vows. The only prayer in it is the conclusion, which was added in the 13th century, in which we ask to be forgiven for our sins and are assured that God will indeed forgive the people of Israel….