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Jewish Court Oath Challenged, Charge Kol Nidre ‘absolution’

For the first time in Canadian history the Jewish oath was challenged in a local court by Edouard Masson, a French Canadian attorney, who challenged that the “Kol Nidre prayer absolves all Jews from all vows, obligations and oaths made from one day of atonement to the next.”

The challenge came when a Jewish witness appeared to testify in a case in which Masson was concerned. When the witness donned his hat and prepared to take the oath, Masson asked him