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Channel Esther: Kol Nidre 5778

Lawrence Bush
September 29, 2017

by Esther Cohen

Kol Nidre is Aramaic for All Vows. Sung, it is wildly deeply beautiful. We all need forgiveness.

Forgive me

forgive me

for arrogance

for acting as though

I know

more than you

as though I know better

wanting you to do things

different from your instincts

you never have to go to the gym

forgive me for all pettiness

all control forgive me for forgetting

love is what matters

and now right now

Esther Cohen is JC’s arts and events consultant.

​​​​Lawrence Bush edited Jewish Currents from 2003 until 2018. He is the author of Bessie: A Novel of Love and Revolution and Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist, among other books. His new volume of illustrated Torah commentaries, American Torah Toons 2, is scheduled for publication this year.