Posts from the ‘Better World’ category

Social justice, national tragedy, war and natural disasters.

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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Tree of Life, Pittsburgh (Hebrew)

This is a Hebrew interpretation of my acrostic, “Tree of Life, Pittsburgh,” a response to the Oct. 27, 2018, shooting. The Hebrew and English versions are…

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Sing with Liberty

This prayer/song is based on “New Colossus,” the sonnet by Emma Lazarus appearing on a plaque inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Those familiar…

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Tree of Life, Pittsburgh

This acrostic spelling out “Tree of Life Pittsburgh Tree of Life” will be used on Yom Kippur in a new Martyrology created by Rabbi Jeffrey Myers,…

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O Freedom: Psalm of Protest 14

A Psalm of Protest for U.S. Independence Day 2019. It’s the 14th in a series of social protest prayers using the voice of the Psalmist. See…

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