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שַׁוְעַת נָשִׁים: תפילה לשלומן של נשים קורבנות אלימות | Shav’at Nashim, a prayer for the safety of women who are victims of violence (Masorti Movement in Israel)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=34465 שַׁוְעַת נָשִׁים: תפילה לשלומן של נשים קורבנות אלימות | Shav'at Nashim, a prayer for the safety of women who are victims of violence (Masorti Movement in Israel) 2020-12-02 18:28:39 A prayer for the safety and well-being of women who are victims of violence, and especially domestic violence. Text the Open Siddur Project Shoshana Michael Zucker (translation) Shoshana Michael Zucker (translation) Aharon N. Varady (translation) Knesset haRabanim b'Yisrael Masorti Movement in Israel https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Shoshana Michael Zucker (translation) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25th) community support 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. Jewish Women's Prayers domestic violence
Source (Hebrew)Translation (English)
אֵלִי – הֲתִשְׁמַע קוֹלִי בַּאֲשֶׁר הִנְךָ?
קוֹל קוֹרֵא בְּעֹז, קוֹל בּוֹכֶה בִּדְמִי׃
שְׁמַע קוֹלִי אֲשֶׁר יִשָּׁמַע בְּקוֹלוֹת,
כִּי שְׂפָתַי נָעוֹת וְקוֹלִי לֹא יִשָּׁמַע.
כָּלוּ בַדְּמָעוֹת עֵינַי (איכה ב:יא)
וְנִטְלוּ הַמִּלִּים מִפִּי
לִשְׁפֹּךְ לְפָנֶיךָ אֶת צָרָתִי.
הַצֵּל אֶת אַחְיוֹתֵינוּ בְּכׇל מָקוֹם
שֶׁהֵן מִיָּדָם הַקָּשָׁה,
הָאַלִּימָה וְהָרוֹצַחַת נִשְׁמָתָן וְגוּפָן
בִּידֵי מִיעוּט רָשָׁע שֶׁבַּגְּבָרִים,
וְאַל תִּתֵּן בְּנוֹתֶיךָ לְחֶרְפָּה וּלְמַכְאוֹב.
עֲשֵׂה בְּיָדְךָ הַחֲזָקָה וּבְכֹחֲךָ הַגָּדוֹל
לְמַעַן לֹא יָרִים אִישׁ אֶת יָדוֹ עַל אִשָּׁה
וְלֹא יַחֲבֹל בָּה.
My El – will you hear my voice, wherever you are?
A voice cries with strength, a voice cries in my blood[1] From Rachel Bluwstein’s poem, “Zemer Nugeh.”  
Hear my voice where it will be heard among the voices
because my lips move but my voice cannot be heard;[2] cf. 1 Samuel 1:13.  
my eyes are spent with tears (Eikhah 2:11).
The words have been taken from my mouth,
to pour out my sorrow in your Presence.
Save our sisters, wherever they might be,
from the oppressive, violent hand
that murders the soul and their body,
by an evil minority of men,
Do not give your daughters over to the disgrace and pain.
Make it so with your strong hand and with your great power
so that no man may raise his hand against a woman
and he will not hurt her.
שִׁמְעָה תְפִלָּתִי ה׳ וְשַוְעָתִי הַאֲזִינָה,
אֶל־דִּמְעָתִי אַל־תֶּחֱרַשׁ (תהלים לט:יג).
תָּבוֹאנָה דִּמְעוֹת הַעֲשׁוּקוֹת,
הַכּוֹאֲבוֹת, הָרְצוּצוֹת וְהַנִּרְצָחוֹת לְפָנֶיךָ,
וְתַעֲלֶה שַׁוְעָתָן לִפְנֵי כִסֵּא כְבוֹדֶךָ,
לְבַל יִהְיוּ שְׁקֵטוֹת כְּאִילּוּ יֵשׁ בָּן דּוֹפִי,
וְתֵן לָהֶן יְשׁוּעָה וּמַרְפֵּא.
וְקַיֵּם בְּכׇל אִשָּׁה וְאִשָּׁה מִקְרָא שֶׁכָּתוּב:
”הִנְנִי מַעֲלֶה־לָּהּ אֲרֻכָה :וּמַרְפֵּא וּרְפָאתִים“ (ירמיהו לג:ו),
”וְזָרְחָה לָהֶן…שֶׁמֶשׁ צְדָקָה, וּמַרְפֵּא בִּכְנָפֶיהָ“ (מלאכי ג:כ).
Hear my prayer, Hashem; give ear to my cry;
do not disregard my tears (Psalms 39:13)
May the tears of the oppressed,
the pained, the beaten and the murdered come before you,
and raise up their voices before the Throne of your Kavod
not to be silent as if they are the problem
and grant them salvation and healing.
May you fulfill for each and every woman as it is written in scripture:
“I am going to bring her relief and healing” (Jeremiah 33:6).
“But for you who revere…a sun of victory shall rise to bring healing” (Malachi 3:20).
וְתֵן לָנוּ אֹזֶן לִשְׁמֹעַ וְלֵב לָדַעַת
וְאֹמֶץ לְהוֹשִׁיט יָד לְכׇל אִשָּׁה בְּצָרָתָהּ,
לְחַלְּצָהּ וּלְהוֹשִׁיעָהּ מִבּוֹר תַּחְתִּיּוֹת,
מֵאֶגְרוֹף זַעַם הַנִּתָּךְ מִיַּד זֵדִים,
קְרוֹבִים וְזָרִים,
וְשַׁקֵּם כְּבוֹדָהּ וְנַפְשָׁהּ כְּקֶדֶם.
חֲגוֹר בְּעוֹז מָתְנֶיהָ וְאַמֵּץ זְרוֹעֹתֶיהָ,
וְלֹא תִירָא עוֹד לְבֵיתָהּ.
שְׁלַח רֵעוּת בֵּין בְּנֵי זוּג,
טַע כָּבוֹד בֵּין אָב לְבִתּוֹ
וּבֵין אַחִים לַאֲחוֹתָם,
וְקַיֵּם בֵּין אִישׁ לְאִשְׁתּוֹ דִּבְרֵי נְבִיאֶךָ
וְאֵרַשְׂתִּיךְ לִי לְעוֹלָם,
וְאֵרַשְׂתִּיךְ לִי בְחֶסֶד וּבְרַחֲמִים,
וְאֵרַשְׂתִּיךְ לִי בְּאַהֲבָה.
Open our ears to hear and our heart to know
and courage to stretch our hand out to a woman in distress,
to rescue and save her from the deep pit,
from the furious blows inflicted by wicked people.
Relatives and strangers,
restore her honor and spirit as previously.
Gird her with strength, and strengthen her arms
that she may not fear her home[3] cf. Proverbs 31:17-18).  
May you cause goodwill to prevail between partners,
honor between father and daughter,
and between brothers and their sisters.
And may the words of Your prophet be fulfill between husband and wife:
and I will betroth you to myself for all space-time
and I will betroth you to myself with kindness and with compassion
and I will betroth you to myself with love.[4] cf. Hosea 2:21-22. 
וְכֵן יְהִי רָצוֹן,
וְנֹאמַר אָמֵן׃
So may it be your will,
And let us say Amen.

This prayer of solidarity with women victims of domestic violence was first published to the website of the Masorti Movement in Israel on 4 December 2018. The English translation was made by Aharon Varady, Shoshana Michael Zucker, and anonymous contributors from the Open Siddur Project discussion group on Facebook.



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1From Rachel Bluwstein’s poem, “Zemer Nugeh.”
2cf. 1 Samuel 1:13.
3cf. Proverbs 31:17-18).
4cf. Hosea 2:21-22.


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