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A Passover Prayer [for Jews in the United States], by Rabbi Norman Salit (ca. 1920s)

https://opensiddur.org/?p=49943 A Passover Prayer [for Jews in the United States], by Rabbi Norman Salit (ca. 1920s) 2023-04-08 22:07:45 "A Passover Prayer" was written by Rabbi Norman Salit and published in Rabbi Jacob Bosniak's <a href="https://opensiddur.org/?p=27967">לקוטי תפלות <em>Liḳutei Tefilot: Pulpit and Public Prayers</em></a> (1927), pp. 46-47. Text the Open Siddur Project Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Aharon N. Varady (transcription) Norman Salit https://opensiddur.org/copyright-policy/ Aharon N. Varady (transcription) https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ 7th Day of Pesaḥ Social Justice, Peace, and Liberty Americanism 20th century C.E. liberty 57th century A.M. American Jewry of the United States bigotry
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God of our fathers,
on this Festival of Freedom
we assemble in Thy house
to sing Thy praises.
We remember again
Thy goodness of yore.
Thou didst free us
from the yoke of Egyptian bondage.
But Thou didst more,
when Thou caused us to wander in the wilderness
and earn the freedom we had been given.
This feast of Passover comes to us
as perennial reminder that Liberty has ever been
one of Thy greatest gifts,
one of mankind’s most precious blessings.
And therefore it has been
that the Jew has always made his home
where liberty was not,
so that liberty might make its home
where the Jew was.
Enable us, O our God,
to guide and elevate our own emancipation.
Make us to be active instruments
in the gaining of wider freedom
and in the pursuing of it on higher levels.
Grant us dissatisfaction of spirit,
so that we may seek to free our souls
for greater grasp and deeper vision,
becoming liberated in more than body,
and so that we may take eager hold
of our own lives and institutions
and earn, as in the days of long ago, that truest liberty
which Thou hast put within our reach.
Make us loyal to Thee and to Israel,
and therefore to the land in which we live.
Make America loyal to itself
and therefore to Thee and Thy significance.
Bring the deathless spirit of Passover again
to the leaders and masses of our country,
and make them mindful of the early American motto
that “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.”[1] From “ Bradshaw’s Epitaph” printed in The Pennsylvania Evening Post, December 14, 1775, and widely (although possibly improperly) attributed to Benjamin Franklin. 
Grant that we of America
crush our own tyrants of bigotry and hatred,
which are fathered by fear and mothered by ignorance,
and that we of Israel in America
live the better for the country of our flag
by doing the more for the country of our faith.
Amen.

“A Passover Prayer” was written by Rabbi Norman Salit and published in Rabbi Jacob Bosniak’s לקוטי תפלות Liḳutei Tefilot: Pulpit and Public Prayers (1927), pp. 46-47.

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1From “ Bradshaw’s Epitaph” printed in The Pennsylvania Evening Post, December 14, 1775, and widely (although possibly improperly) attributed to Benjamin Franklin.

 

 

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