The Kol Nidre

 The Kol Nidre



The Kol Nidre (meaning: all vows), usually called a “prayer” or “oath”, is recited on the eve of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), the holiest day in the Jewish year.

It is based on the Talmud Book of Nedarim, 23a-23b which says:

“And he who desires that none of his vows made during the year shall be valid, let him stand at the beginning of the year and declare “Every vow which I make in the future, shall be null” providing that he remembers this at the time of the vow.”

The setting of the Kol Nidre – in a place of worship and in a religious context – conveys the impression that this is a religious ceremony. This is emphatically NOT the case!

The Kol Nidre is neither a prayer nor an oath but a declarationa legal formula in Aramaic designed to render null and void all future vows, oaths, promises and obligations .

The Hebrew word for this legal procedure is heter: a noun derived from the verb le’hatir (to untie, to permit). It is used to mean a dispensation, i.e. special permission to do something that is normally prohibited.

According to halacha (Jewish law) legal declarations MUST be made during the hours of daylight.

Furthermore: courts of law cannot be in session on a Sabbath or a Yom Tov (Holy Day). The Kol Nidre is therefore recited on the eve of Yom Kippur, ideally starting and finishing just before the sun sets. However, as long as Kol Nidre begins during the daytime it does not matter if it continues into the night.

Mishnah Berurah 619:5

Mateh Efrayim 619:11

Yom Kippur begins after sundown. Although the reciting of the Kol Nidre and the Yom Kippur service are placed back to back they are technically two separate things.

In addition to the rules regarding the time the following conditions must be met by the participant:

Each MUST fully understand the meaning and implications of the Kol Nidre – otherwise it does not have legal force.

(Chayei Adam 138:8 and Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 128:16)

Each MUST recite Kol Nidre along with the chazan (cantor), loud enough for a person nearby to hear (a witness!). It must not be spoken too softly as that would render it invalid.

(Minchas Yitzchak 9:61)

(Shulchan Aruch Harav 619:3)

Care is taken to ensure that the Kol Nidre complies with all relevant legal requirements. Care is taken to impress upon the congregants the fact that this procedure has the force of law! The conclusion is inescapable: the Kol Nidre is meant to be seen as legitimate and valid under Jewish law!

The Procedure

The Sifrei Torah (Torah Scrolls) are taken out of the Ark, the shrine where they are stored when not in use. Three chosen congregants are the three dayanim, i.e. judges of a Beit Din, a Jewish court of law. The three invoke the authority/jurisdiction of two courts (one divine and one human) and grant God’s and the assembly’s permission to proceed by reciting the following words:

“By the authority of the Court on High and by authority of the court down here, by the permission of One Who Is Everywhere and by the permission of this congregation, we hold it lawful to pray with sinners”.

The cantor then chants the Kol Nidre declaration three times:

All vows, obligations, oaths or anathemas, pledges of all names, which we have vowed, sworn, devoted, or bound ourselves to, from this day of atonement, until the next day of atonement (whose arrival we hope for in happiness) we repent, aforehand, of them all, they shall all be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, void and made of no effect; they shall not be binding, not have any power; the vows shall not be reckoned vows, the obligations shall not be obligatory, nor the oaths considered as oaths”.

Cantor and congregation say together three times:

The Lord said: I pardon them according to your words”


The Kol Nidre is a danger to society – as is any secret oath such as a Masonic oath. No society can survive, much less flourish, if men cannot trust their fellowman. Secret oaths undermine that trust! This is all the more dangerous if those who have participated in the Kol Nidre or have sworn any kind of secret oath are in a position of power over their fellowman.

Kol Nidre

To be suspicious of Jews, given the highly controversial Kol Nidre, does NOT mean that you are an anti-Semite. To be suspicious of anybody who participates in the Kol Nidre and/or has sworn any kind of secret oath is NOT paranoid but a normal and healthy reaction of sane and self-respecting men and women. Let nobody tell you otherwise!

To protect yourself from potential harm you have the right to exercise caution when dealing with anyone who is not known to you personally. Given the disproportionately high numbers of Jews and Freemasons in the legal profession and in the judiciary you have the right to challenge anyone in a court of law to ensure that justice is not only done but seen to be done!

Anyone who is a party to a lawsuit and who has either participated in the Kol Nidre rite or sworn a secret oath, such as a member of a masonic lodge, ought to recuse himself/herself automatically. No member of the legal profession will volunteer such information so it is up to you to put them on the spot.

The interpretation – routinely given by Jewish religious authorities and fully intended to mislead – is as follows:

a) the Kol Nidre has nothing to do with vows and promises between a man and his fellowman but refers exclusively to vows and promises made to God

b) contractual obligations and oaths taken in a court of law are not included in the dispensation

BULLSHIT! The text is clear and unambiguous. It is inclusive of ALL vows, oaths, obligations and pledges! Contractual obligations and oaths taken in a court of law are not excluded nor is such an exemption implied!

And anyway, the interpretations of Jewish laws by Jewish legal authorities (i.e. the rabbis) are – even if correct! – entirely irrelevant in a non-Jewish court of law!!!

Does that mean that every Jew or Freemason will dishonour his vows, oaths, pledges and promises?

Of course not! But ….. human nature being what it is: you can take it as a given that “ethically challenged” people  will consider the Kol Nidre and/or a Masonic oath a green light.

If you do not know whom you are dealing with YOU HAVE THE RIGHT AND THE POWER to challenge ANYBODY!

There are ways to counter the Kol Nidre and secret oaths!!!

To find out how I deal with the “jewdiciary” read the page Law.

Affidavit re Kol Nidre and Secret Oaths



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