This prayer celebrates diversity in Jewish life. It honors the work of Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) by envisioning a time when we look beyond our differences – gender, skin color, age, sexuality, conversion, observance – to see one House of Israel in service to G-d, our people and tikkun olam. It was written at the suggestion of Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Be’chol Lashon’s rabbi-in-residence. The organization used it at their family camp and posted it to their website. This appears in my new book, Haggadah Companion: Meditations and Readings. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.
Be’chol Lashon (In Every Tongue)
We sing praises
In every tongue, in every voice,
In joy and sadness,
With music and with love.
We seek truth
In every tongue, with every breath,
In study and prayer,
With faith and with purpose.
We pursue justice
In every tongue, in every land,
In word and deed,
With strength and with courage.
We study Torah
In every tongue, in every generation,
In wonder and awe,
With zest and with zeal.
We are one people,
Present on Sinai,
Where G-d spoke Be’chol lashon,
In every tongue,
To every soul,
To every heart,
The whole House of Israel.
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Postscript: Thanks again to Rabbi Ruth for suggesting this prayer and for her earlier invitation for me to write “A Liturgy for 9-11.” “Sages” is a related prayer that honors the Torah scholar in each of us. Here are two prayers for Israel: “Israel: A Meditation” and “A Song that Holds My Heart,” a prayer/song about Hatikvah.
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