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A Prayer for Peace and Goodwill Among the Nations of the Earth, by Rabbi Jonas Kaminkowski (1927)

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Omnipotent God, merciful Father,
from under the misty clouds of selfishness,
prejudice,
intolerance,
and hatred
that are still hovering over a great portion of humanity,
we beseech Thee, O Lord our God,
to dissipate the darkness of our earth
and illuminate our souls
with a flash of Heavenly light and truth.
Kindle our hearts
with a spark of Thy divine love,
so that we may realize and fulfill
Thy sacred will to bring about our salvation
by sympathy,
goodwill
and peace
among all the nations of the earth.

We all have sinned against Thee, O Heavenly Father!
Those who have power and wealth
by offending, injuring or oppressing
the weak and the poor;
and those oppressed, persecuted and humiliated,
by abandoning their faith
and losing their confidence
in the brotherhood of men
and providence of God.
Have mercy upon Thy children
who have lost Thy ways
and forgotten Thy commandments;
who are indifferent to,
or cause,
the sufferings of their fellow-men.
Fulfill Thy promise
that Thou hast given to Israel through Thy prophets,
and extend it to all Thy children:
“And I will give them one heart,
and I will put a new spirit within you,
and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh
and will give them a heart of flesh.”[1] Ezekiel 11:19 and Ezekiel 36:26–27. See also Jeremiah 32:39–40. 

Almighty God!
Thou hast created man in Thine image
and endowed him with the power
to rise above his selfish interests.
In extraordinary moments of great calamities,
that from time to time befall mankind,
we find within us the moral courage
and divine inspiration
which help us achieve wonderful deeds
of heroism and self-sacrifice
for the sake of our fellow-men.
Awaken, O Lord, those dormant powers within us.
Help us realize our spiritual and moral capacities
to the end that we may exercise them
every day and every hour for the benefit of mankind,
thus glorifying Thy holy name
and proclaiming Thy Divine will
to have peace and love reign on earth.
Amen.

“A Prayer for Peace and Goodwill Among All the Nations of the Earth” by Rabbi Jonas Kaminkowski was published in Liqutei Tefilot: Public and Pulpit Prayers (1927), compiled by Rabbi Jacob Bosniak.

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1 Ezekiel 11:19 and Ezekiel 36:26–27. See also Jeremiah 32:39–40.

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