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The previous answer does touch on the point that this was a declaration to excuse those placed in cherem (excommunication). See this comprehensive article that discusses the topic as well as how some of the ideas crossed over into the Kol Nidre paragraph that follows in the service. Much of the article has English translation. Feel free to contact me ...


Regarding the 1st bracha, Chonen Hada'at, see answers to this question. The focus and title of the question is different, but I think the answers, there, address your question. If not, please inform me. Regarding the 2nd bracha "Selach Lanu", Excerpting some ideas from this article: Nusach Eretz Yisra'el does not have the word "Chanun" at the ending. This ...


Actually, there are types of people placed in חרם, or excommunication for certain crimes, such as not listening to the orders of a בית דין, or Jewish court. This excommunication prohibits almost every type of social interaction, including praying together. However, as Yom Kippur is the day of atonement and retuning to G-d, a special exemption is made for ...


I've heard a few Rabbis mention in their drashos that focusing on nedarim and how careful we must be with our words brings the message home how powerful our words really are. This gets us in the right frame of mind to put our words to good use in prayer for the next 25 hours.

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