Tonight [Tuesday Oct. 11, 2016] at sundown begins the Jewish Holiday Yom Kippur. This is the Highest Holy Day on the Jewish calendar. It marks the culmination of the ten "Days of Awe" from Rosh Hashanah [the Jewish New year] to Yom Kippur [the Day of Atonement].
The 10 Days of Awe [days of repentance] are considered the High Holy Days for the Jewish people. This is a time for serious introspection, a time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur is a day of reconciliation, when Jews strive to make amends with people and to draw closer to God through prayer and fasting. According to Jewish tradition, it is also the day when God decides the fate of each human being.
The evening service [on this Tuesday] of Yom Kippur is often referred to as the Kol Nidre service. That is because in the Jewish tradition the beautiful, classical music composer Max Bruch's solemn Kol Nidre, a declaration of "all vows," is recited [sung] by the cantor before the Yom Kippur service begins. The words of this melody ask God to forgive any vows people have made to God and not kept.
The service on the day of Yom Kippur [Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016] lasts from morning until nightfall.
Shana Tovah said on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and throughout the ten Days of Awe means simply 'A Good Year' in Hebrew. It is a wish for you to have a good new year.
On the 10th day just before Yom Kippur the phrase Gmar Chatima Tova is said which means "A good final sealing" or "May you be inscribed [in the book of life] for good". It is generally said to also mean "may you have a healthy, peaceful and fulfilling year".
So, I wish everyone Shana Tovah, Gmar Chatima Tova!
Johnny Mathis Sings The Kol Nidre:
|Brinton Averil Smith - principal cellist of HSO|
To hear how beautiful the cello sounds playing this here is a You Tube of the Kol Nidrei by Max Bruch for cello and piano.
Max Bruch: Kol Nidrei - Cello and piano:
To all Jews I wish an easy fast on this Yom Kippur. And I wish peace and blessings to all.