Posts from the ‘Better World’ category

Social justice, national tragedy, war and natural disasters.

Faith Reunion

This prayer is for use at Jewish/Muslim interfaith gatherings. I wrote it about an hour ago in response to a tweet from Rabbi Rachel Barenblat asking…

Read article

For Government

This prayer borrows Hebrew from several prayers from the traditional siddur that are said after the Shabbat Torah reading: yikum purkan, y’hi ratzon and hanotein t’shu’ah. It’s…

Read article

Liturgy for Inauguration Day 2017

In “On Politics and Prayer,” I wrote that the Torah teaches us that even when we oppose a specific politician, we must pray for the wisdom…

Read article

One is Everything

This week we’ve witnessed another murderous truck attack and a political assassination. We’re surrounded by violence. Orlando. Nice. Tel Aviv. Innocents dead at the hand of…

Read article

The Preacher Said

With election results in, I’ve received many requests for a prayer marking this moment. I’m offering this piece, conceived for use in celebrating Martin Luther King…

Read article

In Thanks for U.S. Democracy

Unlike any other nation in history, the United States has a resilient system of electing leaders that consistently yields the peaceful transition of power. With widely…

Read article

For Aleppo and Syria

In a vicious and cruel civil war, Aleppo has become a symbol of suffering and brutality, along with thousands upon thousands of Syrian refugees. This prayer…

Read article

For Firefighters

Here’s a prayer for the men and women fighting the wildfires in Northern California. It was written for the 15th anniversary of 9-11, when firefighters showed…

Read article

15 Years: A Liturgy for 9-11

It’s been 15 years. This is a 9-11 liturgy composed for the 10th anniversary of the attacks, including newer prayers written to deepen the liturgy. They were…

Read article

For the People of Italy (Prayer after the Earthquake)

Here are two prayers after an earthquake struck Italy today: one for the people and one for first responders. They were originally written days after an earthquake hit Haiti in…

Read article