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Apologia on the Sabbath, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=46583 Apologia on the Sabbath, by Rabbi Morrison David Bial (1962) 2022-09-06 11:28:18 "Apologia on the Sabbath" by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, <em><a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=32508">An Offering of Prayer</a></em> (1962), p. 31, from where this prayer was transcribed. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Morrison David Bial https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ Musaf l'Shabbat Repenting, Resetting, and Forgiveness 20th century C.E. 58th century A.M. English vernacular prayer שבת תשובה Shabbat Tshuvah
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O Lord,
despite our faults
and our shortsightedness,
accept us in Thy mercy
in that we would try to overcome our limitations.
Our sins are sins of omission,
not of commission.
We have failed to do good
rather than wrought evil.
We have been lazy
where we should have been energetic;
skeptical
where our lives have cried for faith;
petty
where we should have been magnanimous;
too complacent,
satisfied with ourselves as we are.
Prod us, O Lord,
prick us with the goad of discontent,
until we realize how we have fallen short.
Teach us, O Lord,
to appreciate the grandeur and majesty
of our hallowed religion,
and yet to know its humanity.
Ennoble us
so that we may experience
the meaning of the Sabbath,
a day of peace,
of prayer,
a day of spiritual and physical regeneration.
It is a day of joy, deep human joy.
May we learn
to set aside a portion of our lives to Thee,
to lift ourselves
from our own spheres into Thine,
to attain to Ḳ’dusha, to holiness.
Then indeed will we attain
to the merit of the delight of the Sabbath,
and grow in wisdom,
in helpfulness,
in kindness
and in love.

“Apologia on the Sabbath” by Rabbi Morrison David Bial was first published in his anthology, An Offering of Prayer (1962), p. 31, from where this prayer was transcribed.

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