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Prayers and Blessings

Closeup of a police siren in the dark with colorful but blurry lights  in the distance

As Reform Jews, our task is to challenge America's conscience. Here, yet again, we offer words, prayers, and concrete ways to take action to prevent gun violence.

Kate Kaput
Torn red paper heart held together by a Bandaid against a white background

 A day of love, romance, flowers, chocolate, amorous notes, and intimate poems turned into one of hate, fear, bloodshed, tragedy, and death. 

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Silhouette of a man sitting on rocks looking out at a starry night sky

Say it when the priests go eat the sacrifice.
Say it when the stars appear.
Say it until midnight.
Say it before dawn.
Say it in the morning light.

Julia Knobloch
Upturned hands holding a lit candle in the darkness as in prayer or mourning

At least 300 are dead and 125 injured after an attack on a Sufi mosque in the Northern Sinai on Friday, including at least 27 children. 

Alden Solovy
Montage of fall folliage, leaves,pine cones, and small gourds

This original prayer is a reminder to all of us to rejoice in life's blessings and to share the bounty of God's gifts.

Alden Solovy
Grocery cart containing produce, bread, and other items; store aisle and shelves in background

Read one writer’s prayer of gratitude inspired by the abundance she sees in the grocery store.

Sharon Davidson
rows of small American flags on sticks upright in the grass

We are compelled to confess how we are failing our veterans.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Blue light and roof of police car in the foreground; blurry crowd in the background

After another day of horror, this one in New York City, read liturgist Alden Solovy’s prayer for the victims and their families. May we never need another prayer like this again.

Alden Solovy
A brunette woman from the back with her hair up and her hands on her neck as she looks out over a body of water

May the “Me Too” campaign of this week be blessed with the staying power to live well beyond the news cycle.

Rabbi David Wirtschafter
Firefighters work to put out a wildfire blazing across dry land

This is an original prayer to end the California wildfires, for safety, for the victims, for healing and for renewal. 

Alden Solovy


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