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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 98 02:18:00 -0800
Subject: Kol Nidre
[In case you don't know, the Kol Nidre is a prayer (in Aramaic) that is
chanted to start the celebration of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
Leo Rosten sayd (in the _The Joys of Yiddish_):
In synagogues and temples all around the globe, the cantor chants
the Kol Nidre just before sunset on the eve of Yom Kippur. He sings it
three times, first softly, then louder, then fortissimo -- and the
congregation responds antiphonally, reciting the prayer as a
The Kol Nidre is chanted very solemnly, with more anguish than any
other prayer ... The melody, as sung by the cantor in the falling
twilight, is immensely moving.
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Gottlieb calls his Rabbi and says, "I know tonight is Kol Nidre, but tonight
the Yankees start the playoffs. Rabbi, I'm a life long Yankee fan. I've
got to watch the Yankee game on TV".
The Rabbi responds, "Gottlieb, that's what VCRs are for."
Gottlieb is delighted. "You mean I can tape Kol Nidre?"
© 1998 Peter Langston