This prayer “Against Hunger” can be used during your Passover seder, perhaps as a supplement to “ha lachma anya,” and for Global Hunger Shabbat promoted by the American Jewish World Service, which is on Nov. 2-3, 2012. It is part of my series of prayers for social justice including: “Against Poverty,” “Against Human Trafficking” and “Against Tyranny.”
G-d of the poor,
G-d of the starving and the malnourished,
The voice of grief echoes across the land.
Dismayed and abandoned in a world of abundance,
And our sisters,
Struggle to feed their families,
Struggle to put food on the table,
As they watch emptiness and longing
Consume their kin,
As they watch disease and death,
Encircle their homes and their lives.
Source of bounty and plenty,
Rock of compassion and mercy,
You call upon us to stand in the name of justice and healing,
To witness against indifference and neglect,
To solve issues of scarcity and distribution,
To create a world of agricultural success in every land,
And among every people.
Bless those who dedicate their lives to the hungry and the forgotten.
Bless those who take to the cities and the countryside to offer food and sustenance.
Bless those who teach others to feed themselves.
Bless those whose ideas and research will lead to new solutions for ending this plague.
Bless those who plead on behalf of the needy and the poor before the seats of power.
Give them courage and determination.
Give them wisdom and skill.
May the work of their hands never falter
Nor despair deter them from this holy calling.
Bless the hungry with resources.
Release them from want.
Hasten the day of their self-sufficiency and bounty.
Blessed are You, G-d of All Being,
Who summons us to oppose the tyranny of hunger.
© 2011 Alden Solovy and www.tobendlight.com. All rights reserved.
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