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Prayer for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Prayer for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Single candle burning in darkness

This acrostic piece that spells out “Tree of Life Pittsburgh Tree of Life" is, of course, a response to the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue this morning. It is meant to be used with two other prayers: “After a Deadly Anti-Semitic Attack” and "Racist Violence against Houses of Worship."

Prayer for the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

Tree of Life,
Revive our souls,
Enrich our days, 
Entreating Your blessings. 
Oh, God of Peace, 
Fill our hearts with comfort, a
Letting Your Torah shine, 
In the fullness of our love. 
Faith in You, our God, 
Eternal Source of blessings.

Praying for healing 
In the depths of despair, 
Thanking God for the survivors, 
Thanking God for the first responders, 
Sorrow crushing our hearts, 
Bereaved beyond belief, 
United in our love, 
Returning to You in faith, 
God of Israel, 
Healer of generations.

Tree of Life, 
Redeemer of Israel, 
Enliven this moment with healing, 
Enliven this moment with hope. 
Oh, Rock of Israel, 
Forget not the Jews of Pittsburgh. 
Let Your love flow 
In the days ahead 
For justice and peace 

© 2018 Alden Solovy and All rights reserved.


Alden Solovy is a liturgist, poet, and teacher. His teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to Limmud UK and synagogues throughout the U.S. Before making aliyah to Israel in 2012, Alden was a member of Beth Emet-The Free Synagogue, Evanston, IL, and a regular participant in worship at B'nai Jeshoshua Beth Elohim, Deerfield, IL. He’s the author of Jewish Prayers of Hope and HealingHis writing also appears in several CCAR Press books, including two anthologies of his work, This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Dayand his latest book, This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings.


Alden Solovy

Published: 10/27/2018

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