Kol Nidrei, Release and Renewal
Author(s): Michael Gottsegen
Series: CLAL Politics and Policy Archive
Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive
Keywords: Ritual; Holidays; Political Behavior
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.