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O Lord, our God —
If our lips were filled with song
and our tongues with words of constant praise,
we would still be unable to thank Thee
for the many blessings
which Thou dost daily bestow upon us. From the prayer, “Nishmat kol ḥai”
We sing Thy praise
for the masters and teachers in Israel,
for our educators
who help us understand that the universe,
which Thou hast given to man as a home,
is founded on law and order,
harmony and peace.
May Thy spirit
ever inspire our teachers,
and writers of songs
so that they may help us
wipe out the ugliness,
which mar the beauty
of Thy universe.
Enable Thy servants
to speak clearly
so that all men
may learn to do Thy will
with one accord.
Bless the endeavors
of all who strive
to bring knowledge
into the world
and into the hearts of men
May our songs of praise
ever be upon our lips.
“A Prayer for Our Teachers” by Rabbi Albert G. Baum was written sometime before 1962. Unfortunately, no more information was provided by Rabbi David Bial in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 64, from where this prayer was transcribed. Possibly, the prayer was written while Baum served as principal of the Park Avenue Synagogue Hebrew School in the late 1920s or as rabbi for Congregation Gemiluth Chassodim in Alexandria, Louisiana during the 1930s. If you know more, please leave a comment or contact us.
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