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Prayer in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

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  • Perhaps the Reader might begin with, “Elohim … Now that you have our attention …” and the congregation replies this lovely prayer.

  • Though I understand the desire to focus on immediate human needs, and I also know that the highest intentions are behind the prayer, there’s something lacking in it. What’s lacking is the recognition that we human beings are the cause of the ferocity of the storm, and that in fact God promised that the weather would turn against us if we ignored the commandment to choose life and served our own power instead of what is beyond us. That is the content of the second paragraph of the Shma. I will try to come up with an amended text in Hebrew, if I have time. May God bless the work of repair, and the deeper work of tikkun.

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