I was reading about Yom Kippur, and I came across this translation of the traditional recitation of the Kol Nidre:
"All personal vows we are likely to make, all personal oaths and pledges we are likely to take between this Yom Kippur and the next Yom Kippur, we publicly renounce. Let them all be relinquished and abandoned, null and void, neither firm nor established. Let our personal vows, pledges and oaths be considered neither vows nor pledges nor oaths."
Doesn't this make all vows, oaths, and pledges non-binding, and therefore, essentially meaningless? How can one be held accountable for one's promises (i.e., vows, oaths, and pledges) if one has already said that one isn't obligated to honor them?