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A Prayer for the Day After the U.S. Presidential Election

A Prayer for the Day After the U.S. Presidential Election

There was that moment at the Red Sea when our people despaired like never before. Looking behind, the people saw an enemy coming for them. Looking ahead, the waters seemed ready to swallow them up.

To stand still was not an option.

We pray,

Eloheinu veilohei avoteinu v'imoteinu
Our God and God of our fathers and mothers,
When our nation is divided
When our people are afraid
When our children are confused
When we ourselves are unsure about how to move forward.
Grant us,
Like Nachshon, the courage to face our fears and walk forward into the unknown.
Like Miriam, the insight to find the hidden waters in the wilderness to quench our thirst.
Like King Solomon, the wisdom to decide wisely as we face difficult questions in the days  and months ahead.
Like the prophet Nathan, the faith to speak truth to power, demanding as he did from King David, truth and justice, compassion and kindness.
And may we lie down in peace and rise up each tomorrow refreshed and renewed, prepared to  work toward blessing for all.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes the spiritual leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA. He serves as rabbinic dean at URJ Camp Newman in Santa Rosa, CA, and as vice president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. Rabbi Kipnes and his wife Michelle November co-wrote Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities, Rituals and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness (Jewish Lights). He also co-edited a national CCAR Journal issue on New Visions for Jewish Community. Under his leadership, Congregation Or Ami has won national awards for social justice programming, for innovative worship programming, for outreach to interfaith families, and for engaging family education, and for best overall use of technology in a synagogue. Or Ami also wins the hearts of its families for its Henaynu caring community, which reaches out during times of need. He serves on the Rhea Hirsch School of Jewish Education clinical faculty at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. His writings can be viewed on his blog, Or Am I? He tweets @RabbiKip.



Rabbi Paul Kipnes

Published: 11/09/2016

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