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A Personal Vow to Accept upon Oneself the Way of Non-violence on Yom Kippur, by Rabbi Brant Rosen

https://opensiddur.org/?p=37491 A Personal Vow to Accept upon Oneself the Way of Non-violence on Yom Kippur, by Rabbi Brant Rosen 2021-06-06 12:21:36 A personal declaration to become a shomer/et shalom on Yom Kippur. Text the Open Siddur Project Brant Rosen Brant Rosen https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Brant Rosen https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ Yom Kippur Social Justice, Peace, and Liberty peace vows 21st century C.E. 58th century A.M. affirmation Needing Translation (into Hebrew) non-violence
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I believe that the practice of Judaism and the practice of all religions is for the sake of peace.
Therefore, I, _say your name_,
for the sake of peace and for the purpose of fulfilling “hashomer aḥi anoḥi
(“I am responsible for safeguarding the life and well-being of my sister and brother”),
disavow the use of any form of physical, emotional, verbal, spiritual or economic violence
toward myself and others,
and hereby accept upon myself the way of non-violence/shmirat shalom.
I do this of my own free will and full realization of the commitment I herewith assume.

As a Shomer/et Shalom I, _say your name_ offer
my diligence, devotion and dedication
to the following principles and practices of Shmirat Shalom.

I choose to live by the principle that the study of Torah is intended to cultivate peace.
I will study Torah as a Shomer/et Shalom.

I choose to live by the principle that prayer is intended to cultivate peace.
I will practice prayer as a Shomer/et Shalom.

I choose to live by the principle that the Sabbath and Holy Days are intended to cultivate peace.
I will practice Shabbat and Holy Days as a Shomer/et Shalom.

I choose to live by the principle that our capacity for love and nonviolence is necessary for peace.
I will practice love and nonviolence for all people as a Shomer/et Shalom.
As a Shomer/et Shalom, I am a conscientious objector to war.

I choose to live by the principle that the earth and all that is in it is sacred.
I will practice environmental stewardship as a Shomer/et Shalom.

By offering this intention I, _say your name_,
accept the privileges and responsibilities of a steward of active nonviolence, a Shomer/et Shalom.
May peace prevail upon the earth quickly and in our day.

Amen.

Rabbi Brant Rosen’s “A Vow for Yom Kippur” was first published on his blog on 8 October 2008.

 

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