Kol Nidrei Night
In our countries, it is the custom before ''Kol Nidre''1 for the elder of the congegration to take out the ''Sefer Torah'' (scroll of the law) and to walk with it around the Reader's platform (Bima) while the people embrace and kiss the Sefer Torah, and request pardon and forgiveness for any lack (in their) honouring of the Torah. They resolve that from now on they will follow (be guided) by it. They say several times the verse:2 ''Light is sown for the righteous...'' One stands with (holding) the Sefer Torah by the Reader on his right, and another of the elders (important ones) of the congegration stands by him on his left also with a Sefer Torah. The three of them say: ''By authority of the court on high...'' The Reader says ''Kol Nidre'' three times in the customary tune, and every one should say (it also) with the Reader, quietly. One should begin (to say) Kol Nidre while it is still day and continue it until night. After the Reader has said ''Bless you the Lord...'' and (the congregation) has responded ''Blessed is the Lord...'' the Sefrei Torah are returned to the Ark and they (the elders) return to their places. On Shabbat they can return to their places at the beginning (of saying)3 ''A Psalm. A poem for the Sabbath day...''(KSA 132:1)
1) ''All vows...'' - the public annulment of vows that were made during the year under duress.
2) Psalms 97:11.
3) Psalms 92.