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A prayer for a country poised between demise and rebirth, by Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein (Applied Jewish Spirituality 2023)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=49332 A prayer for a country poised between demise and rebirth, by Rabbi Daniel Raphael Silverstein (Applied Jewish Spirituality 2023) 2023-03-29 07:52:48 Written on 6 Nisan 5783, 27 March 2023 (after nightfall), in response to the Israeli people's spontaneous demonstrations against the government's attempts to amass virtually unchecked power. Text the Open Siddur Project Daniel Raphael Silverstein Daniel Raphael Silverstein Applied Jewish Spirituality https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Daniel Raphael Silverstein https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Congregation & Community Barekh Medinat Yisra'el (the State of Israel) democratic process democracy 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer עם ישראל Am Yisrael זכירות zekhirot 2023 Israeli judicial reform protests מדינת ישראל Medinat Yisrael Religious Zionism
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May we remember
that our faces are mirrors of each other,
our fears are mirrors of each other’s,
our hopes are mirrors of each other’s,
and all of our children will all inherit
everything we are.
May we remember
our shared past,
our shared ancestors,
our shared heritage,
our shared grief at the destruction of our home twice before,
our shared journeys through millennia of exile,
our shared pride in who we are
and all that we have achieved,
wherever we found ourselves,
and now here.
May we remember
that our being here
is something no human can explain
or understand.
May we remember
that we are responsible to those who came before us,
and those who come after us.
May we remember
that it is very, very easy to destroy,
but infinitely harder to build.
May we remember
that there is no future for any of us,
without all of us.

Written on 6 Nisan 5783, 27 March 2023 (after nightfall), in response to the Israeli people’s spontaneous demonstrations against the government’s attempts to amass virtually unchecked power. Previously published on Facebook, Instagram, Times of Israel blogs.

 


 

 

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