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Father of compassion,
Author of loving kindness and mercy—
Thou art “our light and our salvation.”
Thou art the strength of our life,
our Comforter and Redeemer.
With the Psalmist we exclaim:
“Though an host should encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war should rise against me,
even then would I confide in Thee.” (Psalms 27:3)
Thou didst hear the cry of Thy children,
calling to Thee out of the depths of misery and despair.
Thou didst answer their prayers.
Thou didst raise up mighty men of valor and humanity
who stayed the hand of the oppressor
so that the doom
which threatened to destroy Thy unfortunate ones
Thou didst touch the common humanity
in the heart of Jew and Gentile alike
so that, united in the cause of justice and truth,
they made right to triumph over might,
and mercy to triumph over harshness.
O Father of Mercy,
answer the prayers of all who call upon Thee.
Free all who are oppressed—
and strike off the chains
of those who are enslaved,
whether physically or spiritually.
Bind Thy children together
with bonds of friendship
and may the love of Thee
lead all men, of all creeds,
“to do justly,
to love mercy
and to walk humbly
with Thee.” (Micah 6:8)
“The German Crisis” by Rabbi Norman Michael Goldburg, was offered before the California state legislature on 3 April 1933, and published in California Legislature 50th Session 1933: Prayers Offered at the Daily Sessions of the Assembly, pp. 59-60. For a chronicle of the serious and excruciating events beginning in 1933, find the article, 1933 in Germany (wikipedia).
“[Prayer on] the German Crisis, by Rabbi Norman M. Goldburg (3 April 1933)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
תפילה לעזרת היהודים תושבי גרמניה | Prayer for German Jewry under Nazi oppression before and after Kristallnacht (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1938)
אֵל מָלֵא רַחֲמִים תְפִילָה לַנִּסְפִּים בַּשּׁוֹאָה | El Malé Raḥamim Prayer for the Victims of the Shoah, by Rabbi Yehoyada Amir
אֶפְתַּח פִּי לְךָ אָדוֹן | Eftaḥ Pi L’kha Adōn, a seliḥah for Kristallnacht by Isaac Gantwerk Mayer