Judaism is about obligations; but obligations are about relationships. Halachic theory accepts the fact that for a time, at least, this or that obligation may seem painfully beyond us. It does not, however, countenance our imagining that we are painfully removed from God. The divine-human relationship is sacrosanct.

Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, “Echoes of Kol Nidre in Summer,” The Jewish Week (22 July 2011), 25.

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