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An Offering of Prayer: Prayers and Meditations — Private and Public, compiled by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

 

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PREFACE

“Just as a man must ever find new sources of meaning and comprehension in the Torah, so in the Service of the Heart, which is prayer, must a man find new sources of love and devotion every day.” –Rabbi Menaḥem Mendel of Kosov

The traditional prayerbook is the bastion of Jewish living. Through the centuries the Jew would turn to it many times every dav at home and in the synagogue. To the Ḥasid, finding new sources of love and devotion in the Siddur was a labor of joy.

We who are not Ḥasidim still find in our prayerbooks the heart of our Service. Yet in our search for meaning in prayer we would turn from time to time to other books.

The purpose of An Offering of Prayer is to supplement the prayerbooks, to provide prayers on subjects that are not dealt with in traditional material or that reflect more exactly the temper of our day.

The great majority of the prayers included here are of Jewish origin, but I have included some work of non-Jews that seemed in consonance with the spirit of our religion.

To all of those who have allowed me to use their prayers, to all those who aided in the collecting and arranging of this material, or who assisted in its publication, I offer my gratitude.

Especially do I thank the members of Temple Sinai of Summit, whose Tenth Anniversary was the occasion of this publication. It has been a privilege for me to accompany them over the years to this milestone in our religious journey. To them An Offering of Prayer is dedicated.

Morrison David Bial


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Title Author (note) Page Number
Our Temple’s Prayer Talmud Bavli Berakhot 12a 1
Preface Rabbi Morrison David Bial 7
Private Prayer and Meditation 9
A Meditation on Prayer Rabbi Alvin I. Fine 10
Man Is Here for the Sake of Others Albert Einstein 11
Prayer — Where Can We Find God? Rabindranath Tagore (adapted) 12
Meditation S. Michael Gelber 14
Meditation S. Michael Gelber 16
For Knowledge and Understanding Rabbi Louis M. Epstein 18
With All My Strength and Spirit Judah haLevi (translated by Olga Marx) 19
A Meditation on Man and the World Jacob Kahan 20
I Must Praise God Epictetus 21
Prayer — On Seeking for God Rabbi Morrison David Bial 22
May the Will Come from Thee Rebbi Nahman of Bratzlav (translated by Jacob Sloan) 23
From a Yemenite Prayer Book (translated by Herbert Weiner) 24
A Prayer to the Great Spirit Black Elk 26
Petition for Prayer Rabbi Morrison David Bial 27
Sabbath Eve (In the Home) Rabbi Ely E. Pilchik 28
A Song for the Sabbath Rebbi Aharon haGadol of Karlin (translated by Rabbi Morrison David Bial) 29
Apologia on the Sabbath Rabbi Morrison David Bial 31
A Mother’s Prayer at the Close of the Sabbath from the Yiddish (translated by Rabbi Morrison David Bial) 32
Meeting with God Moses of Evreus (13th century) 33
A Meditation on Charity various authors 34
A Prayer of Thanks Rev. A. Powell Davies 35
Teach Us to Be Thankful Rabbi Louis M. Epstein 36
From the Dead Sea Scrolls, The Psalms of Thanksgiving (Millar Burroughs) 37
Prayer Before a Journey Talmud Bavli Berakhot 29b 38
Prayer for One Far from Home Rabbi David de Sola Pool 39
An Early Greek Prayer Attributed to Eusebius, Bishop of Caesarea (260?-340? CE) 40
On Prayer Rav Abraham Isaac Kuk 42
The Open Door of the Heart Rabbi Morrison David Bial 43
A Prayer for the Despondent Rabbi Morrison David Bial 45
A Prayer for the Ill Rabbi Morrison David Bial 46
Public Prayer 47
Benediction at the Inauguration of President John F. Kennedy Rabbi Nelson Glueck 48
Synagogue Consecration Prayer The Hon. Lily H. Montagu 50
Installation Prayer Rabbi W. Gunther Plaut 51
Temple Anniversary Prayer Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn 52
Sabbath Meditation Rabbi Alvin I. Fine 53
Thou Who Art Spirit Rabbi Morrison David Bial 54
Interdependence Dorothy Canfield Fisher 55
We Pause in Reverence Rev. Jacob Trapp 56
Memorial Prayer (for those lost through human strife) Rabbi Alexander Goode 57
For the Freedom of Mankind Stephen Vincent Benet 58
For Peace Among the Nations Rabbi Morrison David Bial 59
The Music of Humanity Rev. Jacob Trapp 60
O Holy and Eternal Spirit Rev. A. Powell Davies 60
Prayer for Music Service Rabbi Morrison David Bial 61
For Largeness of Spirit Temple Sinai of Summit Youth Group 62
Learning Rabbi Ely E. Pilchik 63
A Prayer for Our Teachers Rabbi Albert G. Baum 64
Invocation for Women’s Group Rabbi Louis J. Swichkow 65
New Year’s Prayer Rabbi Morrison David Bial 66
Prayer for Dedication of Hospital Chapel Rabbi Morrison David Bial 67
Invocation for Temple Meeting Rabbi Morrison David Bial 69
Invocation for United Jewish Appeal Rabbi Morrison David Bial 70
Prayer for National Holiday Rabbi Morrison David Bial 71
Prayer for High School Graduation Rabbi Morrison David Bial 72
Benediction for Charity Meeting Rabbi Morrison David Bial 74
Meeting Invocation Rabbi Morrison David Bial 75
“Do not I fill heaven and earth?” Rebbi Nahman of Bratzlav (translated by Rabbi Morrison David Bial) 76
Childrens Prayers and Meditations 77
Morning Prayer for Children Moshe ibn Machir and unknown 78
Night Prayer Psalms 4 78
Children’s Morning Prayer Dr. Norman Schanin (“Prayers and Holidays for the Student”) 79
Children’s Nighttime Prayer Dr. Norman Schanin (“Prayers and Holidays for the Student”) 80
It Is Not Enough Only to Pray Rabbi Daniel L. Davis 81
When Things Go Wrong Rabbi Daniel L. Davis 82
A Student’s Prayer Rabbi Nahman of Bratzlav (translated by Rabbi Morrison David Bial) 83
The Father and the Mother Henri Frederic Amiel 84
Analecta of Prayer 85

 

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