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Two smiling dark haired male police officers are the two Druze policemen who were killed in a terrorist attack near the Temple Mount

Today, on a beautiful Jerusalem morning — two Druze policemen, Haiel Sitawe, 30, and Kamil Shnaan, 22 — were slain during a terrorist attack near the Temple Mount. Their funerals are this afternoon. May their memories be a blessing and may their families find peace. Two more defenders of Israel, lost. This is an adaptation of my existing prayer “For Druze Soldiers in the IDF.”

For Israel’s Druze Soldiers and Police

Ancient One, Shield of Israel, Grant safety to Israel’s soldiers and police, Wherever they serve, In times of calm And in times of turmoil.

Holy One, Take note...

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Leadership spelled out in cubes with letters on them

In this week’s Torah portion, parashat Korach, Moses and Aaron face a rebellion. Of course, it fails and the perpetrators are punished. This is a prayer for wise and dedicated political leaders, asking that they have the imagination and strength to address the problems of our time. The prayer includes an option in [brackets] to identify particular issues and problems of interest to the person reciting the prayer.

For Political Leadership

God of history, We yearn for [new] leadership, For men and women of inspiration and insight, Visionaries to build nations and communities In Your...

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Full glass of red wine sitting on a table in front of a sunset

On Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, I will pour a few drops of wine onto the ground here in Israel to remember the suffering of the Palestinians. This moment – 50 years after the reunification of Jerusalem – is a real-life Hagaddah moment.

There's a stunning and profound ritual in the Hagaddah that comes so quickly that its significance is muted. We drain a bit of our wine from the glass to represent the suffering that the Egyptians faced for our freedom.

Is this a model for how we should think about the suffering of the Palestinians, even as we celebrate the reunification...

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Bridge over river in London

Author of life, Grant peace and consolation To the victims and the injured After the attack at Westminster, Where the heart of a democratic nation was attacked In an act of calculated terror.

Source and Creator, Grant a perfect rest under your tabernacle of peace To the victims of this attack, Whose lives were cut off In an act of witless aggression. Remember the survivors of this horror. Grant them shelter and solace, Comfort and consolation, Blessing and courage. May their healing — And the healing of this nation — Continue with devotion and courage. We also remember the victims...

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man watching sunrise at dawn

After dawn but before sunrise, when the birds begin to sing in harmony, I pick up my small Moleskine notebook to write prayers. The 192-page, black hardcover notebook is lined, and on the last page of the notebook, I keep a running list of ideas for future psalms, prayers, and meditations.

Some mornings, an idea for a prayer will simply arrive. Other mornings, I scan the list of yet-unwritten prayers for inspiration. Some mornings, I write two, three, or more pieces. Other mornings, my voice of prayer is silent, waiting for an internal shift of the spirit.

The first light...

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