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A Prayer for Today (US Election Day 2020), by Rabbi Shai Held


Source (Hebrew)Translation (English)
יְהִי רָצוֹן מִלְּפָנֶיךָ
יְיָ אֱלֹהֵינוּ וֵאלֹהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ
שֶׁהַטּוֹב יִנְצַח אֶת הָרַע,
שֶׁהָאוֹר יִנְצַח אֶת הַחֹשֶׂךְ,
וְשֶׁהָאַהֲבָה וְהַחֶסֶד יְנַצְּחוּ אֶת הַשִּׂנְאָה וְהָאַכְזָרִיּוּת.
May it be Your will,
YHVH our god and god of our ancestors,
that good triumph over evil,
light triumph over darkness,
and that love and kindness triumph over hatred and cruelty.
אֱלֹהֵי עוֹלָם,
הֶיֵה עִמָּנוּ וְהֶיֵה עוֹזֵר לָנוּ בְּמַאֲבָקֵנוּ
לְהַעֲבִיר מֶמְשֶׁלֶת זָדוֹן מִן הָאָרֶץ.
God of the universe,
be with us and aid us in our struggle
to remove the government of malice from the world.
תֵּן בְּיוֹשְׁבֵי אַרְצֵנוּ לֵב בָּשָׂר,
וְנִלְמַד כֻּלָּנוּ כְּאֶחָד
לְאַהֵב אֶת הַחֶסֶד וּלְרַדֵּף אֶת הַצֶּדֶק;
תֵּן בָּנוּ אֶת הָאֹמֶץ
לְאַהֵב אֶת הַגֵּר, הַיָּתוֹם, וְהָאַלְמָנָה,
וּלְהָגֵן עַל הָעֲנִיִּים וְהַמְדֻכָּאִים.
Grant residents of our land a heart of flesh,
and teach us all, as one,
to love loving kindness and pursue justice;
give us the courage
to love the migrant, the orphan and the widow,
and to protect the poor and downtrodden.
תֵּן בָּנוּ אֶת הַכֹּחַ וְהָרָצוֹן
לְהַתְחִיל מִבְּרֵאשִׁית.
give us the power and desire
to start again from the beginning.
יִהְיוּ לְרָצוֹן אִמְרֵי פִינוּ,
הֶגְּיוֹן לִבֵּנוּ,
וּמַעֲשֵׂי יָדֵינוּ
לְפָנֶיךָ יְיָ
צוּרֵינוּ וְגוֹאֲלֵינוּ.
May the words of our mouths,
the meditations of our hearts
and the work of our hands[1] Cf. Psalms 90:17.  
find favor in your sight YHVH,
our Rock and our Redeemer.[2] Cf. Psalms 19:15. 
אָמֵן אָמֵן.
Amen amen.

A Prayer for Today (US Election Day 2020) by Rabbi Shai Held ש״י הלד was first published in Hebrew on his Facebook page. English translation by Shoshana Michael Zucker. Niqqud added by Aharon Varady.



1Cf. Psalms 90:17.
2Cf. Psalms 19:15.



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