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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2008

Monroe, New York — On the evening before Yom Kippur, Elemir Frid will listen to his 15-year-old granddaughter play the Kol Nidrei song on her violin at Monroe Temple Beth-El.

Kol Nidrei means All Vows and it is played the night before Yom Kippur, which is also known as The Day Of Atonement when Jewish people fast to atone for their sins.

People say they can hear the sighs and sobs in the almost century- old arrangement by Max Bruch, a Protestant composer. They are referring to the silent spots called soul breaths and the sobs are sad musical tones.
This past April during Passover, Elemir was able to take a trip to Eastern Europe with members of his synagogue, Monroe Temple Beth-El and members from Temple Beth Sholom in New City.

There were many positive moments including a concert and visits to The Great Synagogue in Buddapest, a castle in Prague and Oskar Schindlers Factory, which saved about 1,400 Jews.

Elemir of Newburgh speaks only Hungarian, Russian, some Yiddish, but very little English. His daughter, Rita Skibinsky, translated during this interview and said everywhere they would go...his heart was bleeding.

Yom Kippur is a solemn holiday, especially for those who have lost family members. They say Yizkor (a prayer for the deceased) and light a Yahrzeit candle in their memory. The candle burns for 24 hours. Since Elemir was a teenager, each year he has had a table full of Yahrzeit candles to light in memory of his father Viglor; mother, Sura; sister, Esther with her husband and four children; sister, Nina with her husband and two children; brothers Shmil and David, little sister, Leah and many others.

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