As the Moon Waxes, So May Our Understanding Increase

This is a kavanah (meditation/intention), inspired by Women of the Wall, for prayers at the new moon, to share for individual or congregational use on Rosh Chodesh, at the announcement of the new month or at another appropriate time.

In Solidarity/For Understanding

Oh God, our God and God of our ancestors, everything we accomplish is but a reflection of Your gifts to us, much as the moon only reflects the light of the sun. At Rosh Chodesh, only the barest sliver of moon is visible to us, and there is much we cannot see.

Today, too, we see but a sliver of Klal Yisrael, the whole of the Jewish world, from our separate Jewish communities. There is much we cannot see.

As the moon waxes, so too may our understanding of the wider Jewish world, particularly, those with whom we differ:

Renew our lives, we pray,
for a life of peaceful co-existence in our religious variety;
for a life of goodness, enriched by a widening sense of community;
of blessing;
of sustenance;
of health;
marked by piety and fear of sin,
as we recognize the image of God in each individual;
free from shame and reproach,
as we renew our efforts to guard our tongues and our thoughts;
of abundance with honor;
filled with love of Torah, in all its facets, and reverence for You,
in which the worthy desires of our hearts will be fulfilled for good.

May the One who has done wonderful things for our ancestors, who redeemed them from slavery to freedom bring us from the narrow confines of our own philosophies and practices to a wider understanding and love for our people, scattered to the four corners of the world. Bring us together toward an Israel united, for life, rejoicing, happiness, salvation and consolation. And let us say: AMEN.

Virginia Avniel Spatz is the program director for Clergy Beyond BordersOriginally posted on A Song Everyday.