The documentary explores how a prayer that doesn’t mention God became so sacred. It also shows how the Kol Nidre became a Jewish anthem and, as it turned out, an object of intense interest for non-Jews as well.
The film features 18 storytellers sharing knowledge, tales and anecdotes of the prayer, including a Hasidic rabbi who tells of an illiterate stable boy who can’t read the Kol Nidre prayer and in frustration lets his shepherd’s flute fill the synagogue with spirit; African-American author Julius Lester, a convert to Judaism, who recalls practicing the melody on piano; and a film critic who shows how the prayer burst onto the general pop scene with the first talking film, The Jazz Singer, in 1927.
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