Posts from the ‘Israel’ category

Prayers for the nation and the people.

For Israel’s Druze Soldiers and Police

Today, on a beautiful Jerusalem morning — two Druze policemen, Haiel Sitawe, 30, and Kamil Shnaan, 22 — were slain during a terrorist attack near the…

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Memorial for a Child, Even in Adar

This is a memorial prayer for grieving parents. On this day nine years ago, Rosh Chodesh Adar, the month in which joy is said to enter,…

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Israel: A Meditation, Revisited

A new year approaches. It will be here by nightfall. We’ve just buried the last of Israel’s founding fathers and the local news is hinting about the…

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For Israel’s 2016 Olympic Athletes

A prayer for the safety of Israel’s athletes, including a memorial to the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre and the hope for a joyous festival of…

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Sleeping Prophets

Once, the prophets of Israel admonished kings – the civil leadership – against their failures and transgressions. Where are those prophets now, as the leadership of…

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Shelach Lecha 5775: Gathering, A Dream of Reunion

This week’s Torah portion includes the commandment to wear tzitzit — fringes — on the corners of our garments (Numbers 15:37-41), which we fulfill with the tallit. The…

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Jew against Jew

This is a prayer for Jews to love one another. I wrote it a year ago, but it echoes as a response to the violence perpetrated…

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For Druze Soldiers in the IDF

For the second time in two weeks, a Druze soldier was attacked while off duty for speaking Arabic. The Druze have had a distinguished military service…

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Mothers of Jerusalem

This is a new prayer for peace in Jerusalem. I wrote it in a cab and finished it at O’hare Airport moments ago, as I begin…

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When Peace Comes: A Meditation

Here’s another new prayer for peace in our land. I wrote this and another prayer for peace on behalf of the Central Conference of American Rabbis…

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