GHC is participating in a Shabbat of Unity with the People of Israel, this Shabbat, October 17, 2015

Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Rabbinical Assembly, as a member of the Conference of Presidents, is participating in a Shabbat of Unity with the People of Israel, this Shabbat, October 17, 2015. We ask that you recite this kavannah by our colleague David Wolpe and pray with your congregations for the safety and security of Israel and everyone who lives there, and the healing of the injured victims.

El Maleh Rachamim -- Compassionate God,

We pray not to wipe out haters but to banish hatred.

Not to destroy sinners but to lessen sin.

Our prayers are not for a perfect world but a better one

Where parents are not bereaved by the savagery of sudden attacks

Or children orphaned by blades glinting in a noonday sun.

Help us dear God, to have the courage to remain strong, to stand fast.

Spread your light on the dark hearts of the slayers

And your comfort to the bereaved hearts of families of the slain.

Let calm return Your city Jerusalem, and to Israel, Your blessed land.

We grieve with those wounded in body and spirit,

Pray for the fortitude of our sisters and brothers,

And ask you to awaken the world to our struggle and help us bring peace.