In this sermon, Rabbi Barbara Penzner discusses the concept of the ‘nistarot’ (the hidden thoughts and sins) in the text of Kol Nidrei. She explores the different ways Jews have had to hide parts of their identities throughout Jewish history, and the ways that gays and lesbians too have had to hide parts of their identities. In the modern United States, Jews are still hiding parts of their identities in order to fit in. She then brings in the story of the book of Esther, about how Esther kept her Jewish identity from her husband, King Ahasuerus. Finally, she explores the concept of covering, coined by sociologist Erving Goffman, as “a state in which everyone knows and accepts who you are—as long as you aren’t too obtrusive.” She encourages her congregants to get to know one another and to embrace each person’s differences.