Even rabbis admit that to the modern eye it's unusual and difficult to understand.
The ancient Aramaic formula recited to begin the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur tonight resonates with all the divine grandeur of a convoluted step in a legal proceeding:
" All vows, prohibitions, oaths, consecrations that we may vow, swear, consecrate or prohibit upon ourselves from this Yom Kippur until the next Yom Kippur, they will be permitted, abandoned, canceled, null-and-void, without power and without standing. "
And so according to Jewish tradition begins a 24-hour period of fasting and prayer intended to atone for the Jewish people's moral failings.
But the …