Sunday, November 25, 2012

Prayer for the Children of Abraham/Ibrahim, Sun, Dec 2: Jackson Browne sings, Jim Hightower, Matt Rothschild, et al for the Progrssive Magazine

This prayer for the living is meant to be prayed in community as a responsive reading. It was written by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat. You can follow her work at She is a poet, spiritual director, and the rabbi of Congregation Beth Israel in North Adams, MA

For every aspiring ballerina huddled

scared in a basement bomb shelter

For every toddler in his mother’s arms

behind rubble of concrete and rebar

For every child who’s learned to distinguish

our” bombs from “their” bombs by sound

For everyone wounded, cowering, frightened

and everyone furious, planning for vengeance

For the ones who are tasked with firing shells

where there are grandmothers and infants

For the ones who fix a rocket’s parabola

toward children on school playgrounds

For every official who sees shelling Gaza

as a matter of “cutting the grass”

And every official who approves launching projectiles

from behind preschools or prayer places

For every kid taught to lob a bomb with pride

And every kid sickened by explosions

For every teenager who considers

“martyrdom” his best hope for a future:

May the God of compassion and the God of mercy

God of justice and God of forgiveness

God Who shaped creation in Her tender womb

and nurses us each day with blessing

God Who suffers the anxiety and pain

of each of His unique children

God Who yearns for us to take up

the work of perfecting creation

God Who is reflected in those who fight

and in those who bandage the bleeding —

May our Father, Mother, Beloved, Creator

cradle every hurting heart in caring hands.

Soon may we hear in the hills of Judah

and the streets of Jerusalem

in the olive groves of the West Bank

and the apartment blocks of Gaza City

in the kibbutz fields of the Negev

and the neighborhoods of Nablus

the voice of fighters who have traded weapons

for books and ploughs and bread ovens

the voice of children on swings and on slides

singing nonsense songs, unafraid

the voice of reconciliation and new beginnings

in our day, speedily and soon.

And let us say:



On “every aspiring ballerina huddled,” see Twenty minutes in a Tel Aviv bomb shelter, Jewschool.

On children distinguishing bombs by sound, see A message to Israel’s leaders: Don’t defend me – not like this, Ha’aretz.

On “mowing the grass,” see Israel, Gaza, and the patterns of the past, Washington Post.

On “projectiles / from behind preschools or prayer places,” see Dealing with Hamas’s human shield tactics, Jerusalem Post.

Soon may we hear…” is a reference to the final blessing in the set of Sheva Brachot / Seven Blessings recited at every Jewish wedding.

As a mother, as a human being, as a Jew, and as a rabbi, this prayer/poem is the best articulation I can offer of what my heart and soul are feeling right now. I pray for God to heal the hearts of all who suffer: Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and non-Jews, “us” and “them,” combatants on both sides, those who fear on both sides, those who mourn on both sides, those who benefit from the existing systems in place and those who struggle within those systems. Please, God, speedily and soon. — RB

All are welcome to share and to use this prayer in your community if it speaks to you, as long as you preserve its origin / attribution.

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