Posts from the ‘Better World’ category

Social justice, national tragedy, war and natural disasters.

A Liturgy for the U.S. Presidential Inauguration, 2021

A three-prayer liturgy for the U.S. Presidential Inauguration. It includes a new prayer for Vice President Kamala Harris conceived with Cantor Evan Kent. Brief descriptions of…

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Against Domestic Insurrection

This is a prayer in response to the rioting and attacks on the U.S. Capitol, an attack on the great history of the peaceful transition power…

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For Wisdom during U.S. Presidential Elections

Time to vote. Cast your vote wisely. The future depends on it. Then, pray that others will also think, vote, and act with the best interests…

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Strangled by Police: Psalm of Protest 17

This Psalm of Protest is in memory of George Floyd, killed by police in Minneapolis. With a knee on his neck, the officer pinned the unarmed…

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Pervasive Peace

In these difficult times, this one line captures my simplest yet deepest prayer for us all. With so much healing needed, our prayers must rattle the…

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O Auschwitz, O Birkenau

Five days in Poland. My first trip. I began writing this meditation on the bus after a day at Auschwitz-Birkenau, but couldn’t complete it. We’d already…

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You of Blood and Venom: A Prayer of the Jewish People

A prayer against the rise of antisemitism in the U.S. and around the world. This prayer is a declaration that the Jewish people will survive. The…

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Jew against Jew, Revised

This is a prayer for Jews to love each other and not to commit acts of violence against one another. It is part lament and part…

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Prayer for the Jews of Germany

A prayer for the Jews of Germany after the Yom Kippur attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany. This prayer incorporates a line added to the…

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For Whistleblowers and Watchdogs: Psalm of Protest 16

Here’s a new Psalm of Protest celebrating the role of watchdogs and whistleblowers in defending democratic ideals and institutions. See also: “Sing with Liberty: Psalm of…

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