May we hold lovingly in our thoughts / Those suffering the loss of loved ones from Covid / And those struggling with illness and the health of family and friends.
May our hearts embrace / Those living under tyranny, subjugation, cruelty, and injustice, / And work towards the mitigation of their suffering.
May we recognize our solidarity / With the stranger, immigrant, and asylum seeker, / The outcast, downtrodden, abused, and deprived, / That no human being be treated as “other,” / That our humanity weaves us / Into one “fabric of mutuality, One garment of destiny.”
May we pursue the Biblical prophet’s vision / Of justice, compassion, and peace, / That we live harmoniously with each other, / Respecting our differences, / Cherishing our diversity, / Revering Divinity in every soul.
May we struggle / Against institutional injustice, / Xenophobia, racism, homophobia, antisemitism, and misogyny, / Governmental corruption and the perversion of truth, / The despoliation of the earth, seas, rivers, and air, / And attacks against America’s democratic institutions.
May we act / With integrity of body, heart, mind, soul, and spirit, / Despising none, defrauding none, hating none, denigrating none, / Honoring every creature of the earth.
May the Jewish people, the State of Israel, all peoples and nations / Know peace with justice in this New Year 5781. / May Americans embrace our higher angels, / And nurture kindness and love everywhere.
-A prayer written by Rabbi John L. Rosove – Rosh Hashanah 5781
Thank you for this prayer, which we need so much now.
I know you rarely speak politically, but one could add:
“Remember to Vote”
Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy year.
Michael I. Haren
Engineered Door Industries
P.O. Box 8878
Calabasas, CA 91372
Thank you for this beautiful Prayer for these trying times. Respectfully, I would change a few words in your last stanza: “May the Jewish People, the State of Israel, all people and nations WORK FOR peace with justice in this New Year, 5781.”
William Simon said:
So very well said John. Thanks for this encouraging and hopeful message. And all the best to you and your great family for a healthy and happy new year. Thanks. Bill
Thanks, Bill To you, Patty and your girls also John
On Mon, Sep 14, 2020 at 12:50 PM Rabbi John Rosove's Blog wrote: