Jewish Prayers From the Heart and Pen of Alden Solovy

Elijah

Elijah Beth FlusserThere’s a special kind of a hope, a kind of hope that opens the heart to our deepest yearning for a world of wholeness and love ushered in by G-d’s hand. For me, it’s captured singularly a song that we sing at the Pesach Seder and after Havdalah, a song for “Elijah the Prophet, Elijah the Tishbite. Let him come quickly in our day with the messiah, the son of David.”

Elijah
Eternal One, hear our cause!
Love and gladness, hope and salvation,
Israel restored, the world redeemed,
Justice and mercy in an age of peace.
Announce the time of blessing and wisdom.
Herald the return of holiness, Your world to come.

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Postscript: This is my first acrostic. I subsequently wrote an expanded version of this prayer that is not an acrostic.  I’ve been working on two alphabetical acrostics for far too long and have been stumped by certain unforgiving letters near the end of the alphabet. Here’s a link to another Passover meditation, “The Season of Freedom.” Click for a full annotated list of meditations and readings for Pesach.

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2 Responses to “Elijah”

  1. norman sider

    Dear Mr. Solovy:
    At seder last year I introduced my guests to the plight of three Jewish men whom I believe are unjustly imprisoned or held captive. Warren Weinstein has been held by terrorists in Pakistan for more than a year and a half, Alan Gross is serving a 15-year sentence in Cuba and Jonathan Pollard, the best-known and most controversial, is still serving a life term in the U.S. In looking at the Passover-themed poems at your web site I couldn’t find a prayer that I thought applicable to these men. I hope you will consider writing one. Chag Pesach Sameach.
    Yours truly,
    Norman Sider

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    • tobendlight

      Norman, thanks for your note. At this point, I haven’t written a prayer for freeing captives, political prisoners or those held unjustly. I will consider it. Thanks for the suggestion. Alden

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