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thou Who art gracious and compassionate—
Thou Who showest pity to Thy suffering children—
we acknowledge that all we have belongs to Thee—
all we possess is but a trust
which we must soon or late
deliver unto Thee.
Our lives are in Thy keeping—
our possessions are Thine also
and when Thou demandest what is Thine—
shall we say “what doest Thou?” Cf. Daniel 4:35
Nay, Heavenly Father,
we know Thou art just and righteous altogether—
that Thy mercy endureth forever.
We know that Thy ways are mysterious—
past our human understanding.
Thou sendest us joys
and from Thy hand
cometh sorrow as well.
Thou givest and Thou takest away,
for Thou art omnipotent.
now that destruction has overtaken us
we pray Thee, in the words of the Prophet—
that Thou wilt repeat Thy promise of yore:
“Behold I will have compassion on the dwelling places;
And the city shall be builded upon her own mound,
And the palace shall be inhabited upon its wonted place.
And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving
And the voice of them that make merry.” (1 Jeremiah 30:18)
Grant consolation to the bereaved, O Father
and renew the courage of the destitute.
Restore the waste places of the earth
and may Thy blessing of peace
rest upon all Thy suffering children.
“On the Los Angeles Earthquake” by Rabbi Norman Michael Goldburg, was offered before the California state legislature on 12 March 1933, and published in California Legislature 50th Session 1933: Prayers Offered at the Daily Sessions of the Assembly, pp. 44-45. The earthquake, now known as the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, registered 6.4 on the Richter scale.
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“[Prayer] on the Los Angeles Earthquake, by Rabbi Norman M. Goldburg (12 March 1933)” is shared through the Open Siddur Project with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
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[Prayer] on the Inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt as President of the United States, by Rabbi Norman M. Goldburg (4 March 1933)