New Year's Greeting
Tonight Jews all around the world will gather in synagogues to usher in Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year with the Kol Nidrei prayer.
Tomorrow synagogues will be filled for most of the day with congregants saying the traditional prayers in the Yom Kippur liturgy. The focal point of the day's service is Unetaneh Tokef, a two-part liturgical poem, said to have been composed either in the 11th century or the 8th century.
This video clip of the opening prayer was produced especially for the Jewish High Holidays. It shows IDF chief Cantor Shai Abramson and IDF soldiers singing it in the Great Synagogue in Tel Aviv and features footage of the Yom Kippur War and one of its heroes, Brig. Gen. (res.) Avigdor Kahalani, who was a battalion commander in the Armored Brigade, fought in the battle of the Valley of Tears and was awarded a Medal of Valor.
May we all be inscribed and sealed for a healthy, happy and peaceful year.