Posts tagged ‘hope’

For Jewish Unity

This prayer, by design, is naïve, which is the source of its simplicity and optimism. Contrast it with a prayer with a similar theme, “Jew against…

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The Preacher Said

Here’s a prayer for use in celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and written for my book, “This Grateful Heart.” The Preacher Said Let us pray,…

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Ha’azinu 5777: We Are Music

In this week’s parasha Ha’azinu (Deuteronomy 22), Moses sings a majestic farewell song, beginning by calling on the heavens to hear. The Haftarah (II Samuel 22:1-51)…

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After Matthew: Safety after Violent Weather

This is a prayer for safety and healing after Hurricane Matthew. Even as the storm moves up the Florida coast, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas…

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Meditation before the Vidui

This meditation is to help prepare for a thorough and honest self-assessment before the confession litany, the Vidui, traditionally recited five times on Yom Kippur. It’s recited on…

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Meditation on the Vidui

This prayer was originally posted as a “Meditation after the Yom Kippur Vidui.” A friend pointed out that with a broader name for the prayer it…

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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…

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In Memoriam, Orlando — “Love Wins: A Pride Prayer”

Our vocal response to hate: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev. 19:18), in Hebrew pronounced “ve’ahavta lere’acha kamocha” and written ואהבת לרעך כמוך! This slightly-revised version of…

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Prayer with Wings

This is another prayer of yearning, yearning for the impossible, to know that my prayers have been heard. This is an important theme in my writing.…

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Pride Wins: A Prayer after Homophobic Brutality

The city of Jerusalem announced last week that it will rename Zion Square in memory of Shira Banki, murdered at last year’s Pride Parade. An ultra-Orthodox Jewish extremist stabbed six…

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