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This is a prayer is for the wisdom and skills of medical scientists, researchers, and public health officials around the world fighting the novel coronavirus. Here are prayers “For Nurses” and “For Physicians” that appear in my book, Jewish Prayers of Hope and Healing.

Coronavirus: A Prayer for Medical Scientists

God of wisdom, Bless medical scientists and researchers around the world With insight and skill, dedication and fortitude, As they combat coronavirus, So that their work yields knowledge and understanding, Speedily finding a vaccine, treatments and...

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Smiling woman standing outside and waving a small Israeli flag

Here we go again. Back at it. Another election in Israel, and pessimism is running high here. The odds appear low that the polls will yield politicians willing and able to create a new government.

When we Israelis go to the polls on March 2, the World Zionist Organization (WZO) – your election for the future of Israel – will have entered the last 10 days of polling. Regardless of whether Israel succeeds in getting a functioning Knesset out of our elections, the global WZO election will indeed yield results – the delegates to the 38th World Zionist Congress (WZC).

Yes, you...

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People clapping and smiling at the last URJ Biennial

May the One who blessed our mothers and our fathers, Our parents and our ancestors, Bless the organizers and participants In the URJ Biennial 2019 To come together In holy convocation, As a joyous congregation, In rockin’ jubilation, And holy celebration, To strengthen our foundation, And renew our dedication, To God, to Torah and to liberal Jewish life, So that the roots of Reform remain strong and vital, Creating wisdom that echoes throughout world.

Source of understanding, Rock of our lives, Let the love of our people and our heritage Flow from Chicago Throughout the United...

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Wooden ballot box with lock into which a voter is depositing a "ballot" that says Vote

We’re a small minority of olim, the folks who emigrate to Israel, Reform and other liberal Jews who are now on the ground as part of the Zionist project.

Make no mistake. It’s been an adventure, beautiful and challenging, but we from the U.S. typically give up easier lives to be here.

We need you.

The 38th World Zionist Congress (WZC) will meet in Jerusalem in 2020. The WZC, the Parliament of the Jewish People, meets every five years. You have a vote in selecting the 500 delegates – just as we have a vote in the Israeli elections scheduled for September 17th –...

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Protest sign held overhead that says: Reunite Families Now

This prayer was written in response to the detention of children at the U.S. border, as well as the tragic deaths of innocents there and in the custody of the federal government.

The first stanza alludes to the Emma Lazarus sonnet, “New Colossus,” which appears on a plaque inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Lazarus calls the border “our sunset gates” and the statue “the Mother of Exiles.” The closing line is from the siddur, the Jewish prayer book, from the section called birkot hashachar, the morning blessings.

The format of the prayer follows other social...

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