As Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approach, a group of local rabbis offered an election-season break to candidates for public office: Permission to break a no-new-taxes vow.

The permission came into the form of a rabbinic decree issued Wednesday by a “beit dein” — New Haven-area rabbis meeting as a court to make a legal decision under religious law. They issued the decree in the days leading up to the “Days of Awe,” beginning at sundown Sunday with Rosh Hashanah. (Technically three rabbis served as the rabbinic court, and three others endorsed the decree. They’re listed at the bottom of this story.)

Their decree follows the form of a the “Kol Nidre” annulment of vows traditionally offered at the annual Yom Kippur evening service. (Click here to read the text in Hebrew and in English.)

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