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I. I Can’t Breathe
Again and again,
II. We Can’t Breathe
All humanity is choking
III. Earth Can’t Breathe
All life on Earth depends on Interbreathing.
IV. A Prayer and a Response
You Who are the Breath of Life,
I Who free you from choking
In the Tight and Narrow Place:
I Who send you Broad Spaces
Where My breath,
My wind, blows free:
No one shall rob you of My Name,
My Breath, My Holy Spirit.
“Who Can’t Breathe? Three Outcries and a Prayer” by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (2021) was first published on the website of the Shalom Center on 20 April 2021. The prayer is an extension of his prayer “I can’t breathe, we can’t breathe, Earth can’t breath” first published by Arthur Waskow on 27 July 2020.
“Who Can’t Breathe? Three Outcries and a Prayer, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (the Shalom Center 2021)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International copyleft license.
Works of related interest:
I can’t breathe, We can’t breathe, Earth can’t breathe, a prayer-poem by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (the Shalom Center 2020)
Prayer Amid the Pandemic, by Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the UK & the Commonwealth 2020)
Prayer for Workers in a Time of Pandemic, by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum (New England Jewish Labor Committee 2020)
Gratitude Prayer, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor on the first anniversary of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life massacre (2019)
תפילה קודם תפילה בציבור בימי קורונה | Prayer Preceding Communal Prayer During the Coronavirus Pandemic, by Rabbi Binyamin Holtzman (2020)