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Prayers and Blessings

Silhouette of a man kneeling against a sunset

This Shabbat, recite these 15 words of this ancient and powerful b’racha. Take a knee to show your vulnerability. Take a knee in protest and offer this blessing with the hopes of truly bringing a sense of peace and wholeness at a time when it is so deeply needed.

Rabbi Josh Weinberg
Row of mailboxes

"Blessed are people and everything they do. / Our world goes around on the back of their Torah.?

Rick Lupert
Hands holding a yellow fabric star like the one worn by Jewish victims of the Holocaust

Today especially
i am grateful for a life to call mine
the bright sunshine 
on a day we remember when millions died

Lucie Waldman
Moon peering through a closeup of cherry blossom trees

As we gather under the full moon of Nisan, the same moon that our ancestors gathered under for thousands of years in celebration of Passover, may we draw strength from their resilience and the cour

Marita Anderson
Closeup of hands holding a Haggadah with a glass of white wine in view

"Source of Blessing, our lives are in turmoil, our hearts heavy. Help us to cope with this modern plague..."

Rabbinic Pastor Cantor Lisa Levine
Sunset over a calm body of water

Our ancestors turned to that pillar for strength and support in their time of waiting; so too, can we turn for help in these unprecedented times. Here is a prayer that might be recited as we light the Shabbat candles.

Rabbi Leah Doberne-Schor
Silver Star of David and hamsa charm

I’ve highlighted some poets and poems that speak to me for the moment we are in, but I encourage you, too, to poke around on your own from among Israeli writers and find what resonates with you.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Hand sunder a stream of water as if begin washed

As quarantines and lockdowns spread, the descriptions of tzara-at in Leviticus 13 (Parashat Tazria-M'tzora) come to mind. Tzara-at refers to a scaly skin affliction that caused people to sent "outside of the camp" into quarantine so they wouldn't spread tzara-at to others.

Cantor Abbe Lyons
Chalk drawing of stick figures holding hands standing around the periphery of a map of the world

"Out of an abundance of caution, I have faith that love and kindness are contagious, too."

Rabbi Joseph B. Meszler
Silhouette of a person looking out over a beautiful sunset

"Let me one day soon wake up to praise Your name first and not to think about tragedy and fear. Let all humanity arise from slumber and fight injustice wherever it may occur."

Amy Asin

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