Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Whispered Prayer

whisperedprayersThis meditation — a riff off of Psalm 150 — is a reminder that the voice of prayer resounds in the heavens. It ends with a classic chatimah, a closing seal to the prayer, which is taken from Jewish liturgy. It asserts that G-d hears our prayers. This prayer appears in my book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and HealingIt is also available as a poster. To listen along, click on the triangle in the bar below. The text follows.


Whispered Prayer
Your whispered prayer
Your secret hope
Your quiet yearning
Have holiness and power.
They resound in the heavens
And echo on high.
They are drum and cymbal,
Trumpet and horn,
Proclaiming your faith,
Music of generations,
Proclaiming your hope,
Hymns of the heart,
Proclaiming your dedication
To the G-d of all Being,
Source and Shelter,
Rock and Redeemer,
Light and Truth.

Your whispered prayer
Is the song of the ages.
Your secret hope
Is the light of tomorrow.
Your quiet yearning
Is the voice of eternity.

Blessed are You Adonai,
Who hears prayer.
.ברוך אתה ה שומע חפלה
Baruch atah Adonai, shomei’a t’filah.

© 2012 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.

Postscript: This prayer appears in my book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and HealingIt’s also available as a downloadable PDF poster and is from my series of prayers about prayer, including: “For Prayer,” “Prayer Released,” “Prayers of My Heart” and “Prayer for You, Prayer for Me.”

Please check out my ELItalk video, “Falling in Love with Prayer,” and This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day. For reprint permissions and usage guidelines and reprint permissions, see “Share the Prayer!” To receive my latest prayers via email, please subscribe (on the home page). You can also connect on Facebook and Twitter.

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6 Responses to “Whispered Prayer”

  1. lori gordon

    Like it a lot!
    Suggestion: Add ‘silent longing’ as fourth line. Omit small words like ‘have’ and ‘they’ – unnecessary. Hope you don’t mind ‘my suggestions’. Thanks for your Happy Birthday wishes. Happy to still be here!

    Enjoy your Israel adventures and studies! I gave up on learning Hebrew – in this lifetime. My late husband Rabbi Morris Gordon was a Hebrew scholar and spoke like a native – so he spoke it for me as well. His daughter and grandchildren are Israeli. My granddaughter Sara from Brandeis is now at Hebrew University for the spring semester. She learned Hebrew at Schechter in Mass. She’s David’s daughter.


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