Kol Nidre / כָּל נִדְרֵי

Don’t forget, Kol Nidre is tonight!

** Services will begin at 6:50pm. **

What Is Kol Nidre?

Kol Nidrei is both the opening prayer and the name for the evening service that begins Yom Kippur.  Kol Nidrei literally means “All Vows.” It asks God to annul vows we may make (to God) during the coming year, either innocently or under duress. In other words, vows made unintentionally through the careless use of words or vows made because a person was forced to do so.

It is said three times so that latecomers to the service will have an opportunity to hear the prayer. It is also recited three times according to the custom of ancient Jewish courts, which would say “You are released” three times when someone was released from a legally binding vow.

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Fast of Gedalia / צוֹם גְּדַלְיָּה

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Dear Friends,

We hope you had a wonderful and meaningful Rosh Hashana! May the sound of the shofar usher in a sweet, successful healthy new year to all of you.

Just a reminder, tomorrow September 8, is the Fast of Gedalia. This fast is important because it commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah, whose murder ended Jewish autonomy following the destruction of the First Temple.

The fast beings at dawn and ends at dusk. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them!

Have a meaningful and easy fast.

Sincerely yours,

The Beth-El Jewish Center of Flatbush Family