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Publisher(s): National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership (U.S.)

Author(s): Michael Gottsegen

Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Ritual; Holidays; Political Behavior

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


The author discusses the significance of Kol Nidrei--the prayer on Yom Kippur evening--as a release from commitments and an opportunity to renew obligations in one's private life. He asserts that the positive effects of this atonement and renewal process can also significantly affect one's public and political life, serving to combat cynicism and apathy.