The Kol Nidre is a Jewish prayer that is sung three times on the eve of the holiest day of the year, according to Jewish tradition – Yom Kippur. Talmudic sources explain that this prayer is the moment, when an individual asks for Divine forgiveness for being unable to fulfil the oaths that were made that year to the Lord himself. In Jewish tradition this is viewed as being even more serious than the oaths that have been left unfulfilled between people.

Here it is sung and very powerful!

Kol Nidrei:

Ve’esarei, Ush’vuei, Vacharamei, Vekonamei, Vekinusei, Vechinuyei.

D’indarna, Ud’ishtabana, Ud’acharimna, Ud’assarna Al nafshatana

Miyom Kippurim zeh, ad Yom Kippurim haba aleinu letovah

Bechulhon Icharatna vehon, Kulhon yehon sharan

Sh’vikin sh’vitin, betelin umevutalin, lo sheririn v’lo kayamin

Nidrana lo nidrei, V’essarana lo essarei

Ush’vuatana lo shevuot.

And here is a lovely rendition of Jerusalem, Our Happy Home by Sinead O’Conner

Jerusalem
Our Happy Home
When shall we come to thee
When shall our sorrows have an end?
Thy joys when shall we see?

They’re saying a man that scented sweet
Their palm spring on the ground
No tongue can tell, no heart can think
Oh, what joys do there abound

Jerusalem
Our Happy Home
When shall we come to thee
When shall our sorrows have an end?
Thy joys when shall we see

Fair Magdalene hath dried her tears
She’ll sing no more to thee
Nor wet the ringlets of her hair
To wipe her savior’s feet

Jerusalem
Our Happy Home
Then shall we come to thee
Then shall our sorrows have an end?
Thy joys shall we see


And here is Streisand’s version of AVINU MALKEINU

Avinu Malkeinu Lyrics:
(translation)

Hear our prayer
We have sinned before thee
Have compassion upon us and upon our children
Help us bring an end to pestilence, war, and famine
Cause all hate and oppression to vanish from the earth
Inscribe us for blessing in the book of life
Let the new year be a good year for us

Avinu malkeinu sh’ma kolenu
Avinu malkeinu chatanu l’faneycha
Avinu malkeinu alkenu chamol aleynu
V’al olaleynu v’tapenu

Avinu malkeinu
Kaleh dever v’cherev v’raav mealeynu
Avinu malkeinu kalehchol tsar
Umastin mealeynu

Avinu malkeinu
Avinu malkeinu
Kotvenu b’sefer chayim tovim
Avinu malkeinu chadesh aleynu
Chadesh a leynu shanah tovah

Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu

Avinu malkeinu

Avinu malkeinu
Chadesh a leynu

Shanah tovah

Avinu malkeinu
Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu
Sh’ma kolenu

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