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The most memorable prayer of the Jewish New Year
what it means, why we sing it, and the secret of its magical appeal.

Through a series of lively commentaries, over thirty contributorsmen and women, scholars and rabbis, artists and poets, spanning three continents and all major Jewish denominationsexamine Kol Nidres theology, usage, and deeply personal impact. They trace the actual history of the prayer and attempt through the ages to emend it, downplay it and even do away with itall in vain. They explore why Kol Nidre remains an annual liturgical highlight that is regularly attended even by Jews who disbelieve everything the prayer says.

Prayers of Awe
A multi-volume series designed to explore the High Holy Day liturgy and enrich the praying experience for everyonewhether experienced worshipers or guests who encounter Jewish prayer for the very first time.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, PhD, has served for more than three decades as professor of liturgy at Hebrew Union CollegeJewish Institute of Religion in New York. He is a world-renowned liturgist and holder of the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Chair in Liturgy, Worship and Ritual. His work combines research in Jewish ritual, worship and spirituality with a passion for the spiritual renewal of contemporary Judaism.

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