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by Esther Cohen
Kol Nidre is Aramaic for All Vows. Sung, it is wildly deeply beautiful. We all need forgiveness.
for acting as though
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.