Tears and Rain: A Prayer for Success in War

On Shemini Atzeret — combined with Simchat Torah here in Israel — we began to say tefilat geshem the prayer for rain since the day marks the start of the rainy season here. That was the day of the devastating Hamas invasion into Israel which has led us to war. “Rain and Tears” is my second new prayer/poem since the invasion. The first is called “War on Simchat Torah.”

Tears and Rain: A Prayer for Success in War
We prayed for rain,
And we got tears.

Yes, we said the ancient words –
משיב הרוח ומוריד הגשם
Masheev ha’ruach u’moreed hagashem
Acknowledging G-d as the One
Who makes the rain fall
And the wind blow,
But we got tears,
So many tears
Flowing like rain
That would not relent.
Tears for the dead.
Tears for the wounded.
Tears for the kidnapped,
And tears for the captives.
Tears for the soldiers.
Tears for the reservists.
Tears for our sons.
Tears for our daughters.
Tears for our friends,
And tears for our families.
Tears for our nation.
Tears for our people.
So many tears.

So many tears.

G-d, who makes the rain fall,
G-d, who makes tears on earth,
Send us Your tears from heaven,
But only if You send them
As blessings,
Only if You send them as signs
That You will be with us
As we defend our nation,
That You will be with us
As we fight to end the terror
That dwells in our midst,
The terror that still lurks at our doorstep.

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