Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

For the Gift of Torah Scholarship

backlittorahLoving Torah is a way of life. This prayer is part of a series of prayers thanking G-d for various forms of artistry: song, dance, art. Why? Study of sacred text is an artistic endeavor, combining skill and knowledge with interpretation and insight. Here are more prayers and stories for use on Shavuot. This piece appears in This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day from CCAR Press.

For the Gift of Torah Scholarship
G-d, we give thanks for the gift of scholarship,
For wisdom, insight and understanding,
For the gift that unlocks treasures hidden in Your Holy Word.
You gave us Torah at Sinai
And righteous men and women to be Your messengers,
Revealing divine secrets stage-by-stage.
Hear this prayer for those who study Talmud and Torah,
Mishna and Gemara,
Zohar, Musar and Tanya,
The words of G-d to Israel,
The lessons of scholars of every generation.
Make their thoughts Your vessel.
Let heaven pour Your voice into them
So that they overflow with sacred fire
Drawing others to Your word.
So that when we hear Your mysteries,
Our souls turn back to You in joyous reunion.
Together, we offer the light back to heaven,
And rejoice.

© 2017 CCAR Press from This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day

Postscript: Be sure to check out the other prayers in this series: “For the Gift of Song,” “For the Gift of Words,” “For the Gift of Dance,” “For the Gift of Art,” “For the Gift of Music,” “For the Gift of Laughter” and “For the Joy of Learning.”

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2 Responses to “For the Gift of Torah Scholarship”

  1. Larry Kaufman

    Lots of ambiguity here….is this prayer of thanks appreciating the scholars, the texts they produce, or our own ability to study the texts alongside our predecessors? Or is the answer, All of the above? Or is the answer, Does it really matter?

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    • tobendlight

      Although the original intent of the prayer was giving thanks for the scholars of today – both students and teachers – I like the broad scope of how you’re reading this. The gift of Torah scholarship embodies them all.

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