tagged: English vernacular prayer

 

A Prayer for Renewal by Rabbi Zalman Schachter Shalomi (2004)

This is an untitled prayer by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, originally offered by him in an address given at the Roundtable Dialogue for the visit of the 14th Dalai Lama together with other Nobel Laureates in Vancouver, B.C., entitled “Balancing Educating the Mind with Educating the Heart.” The event was held at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, on Tuesday, April 20, 2004. While the video documenting the address is currently offline, thankfully the original text of the prayer is given in its transcription by Gabbai Seth Fishman. The prayer is presented here alongside an adaptation found in the High Holy Days Maḥzor of Congregation Nevei Kodesh: Jewish Renewal Community of Boulder (2018), p.36, Section 10: Prayers for Rosh haShanah. The prayer in this form, as revised by Netanel Miles-Yepez and Reb Zalman, can be found at Kol Aleph (2014) and the now defunct Sufi Hasidim website (2009). . . .

A Prayer for this Moment, Standing at the Mountain, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (2021)

A pre-Shavuot prayer in the shadow of the 2021 Israel–Palestine crisis. . . .

A Prayer for Remembrance and Peace on Memorial Day, by David Abernethy

A prayer for the observance of Memorial Day in the United States. . . .

A Kavvanah for Paying Taxes, by Zach Teutsch

A kavvanah for clarifying and elevating the activity of tax preparation. . . .

Between the Fires: A Kavvanah for Lighting Candles of Commitment, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (the Shalom Center)

“Between the Fires: A Prayer for lighting Candles of Commitment” was composed by Rabbi Arthur Waskow, drawing on traditional midrash about the danger of a Flood of Fire, and the passage from Malachi. . . .

A Prayer before Candle-lighting, by Chaya Kaplan-Lester

Please God Let me light More than flame tonight. More than wax and wick and sliver stick of wood. More than shallow stream of words recited from a pocket book. . . .

A Prayer for Veterans Day, by Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff, Chaplain, USN (Retired)

A virtual prayer for Veterans Day 2020. . . .

Our Liberation Will Not Be Live-streamed, by Rabbi Raysh Weiss (2020)

Modeled after Gil Scott Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not be Televised,” written for Passover during the pandemic (April 2020). . . .

Mah Nishtanah: what needs to change, a seder supplement to the Four Questions by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

A playful, powerful, passionate reading for Passover seder or any time. Can be chanted to the traditional Ashkenazi lilt for the Four Questions. . . .

Offerings, by Alice Lucas (1898)

A meditation on prayer and earnest offering. . . .

A Vaccine Prayer, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (2021)

A prayer upon receiving a vaccination for COVID. . . .

[Prayer for] Brotherhood Week, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1951)

A prayer for Brotherhood Week, written in 1951. . . .

תפילת העמידה ביום חול | the Weekday Amidah, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the weekday Amidah for a shame resilience practice. . . .

בִּרְכָּת גָּאַל יִשְׂרָאֵל | Emet v’Yatsiv, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the blessing following the Shema, the Birkat Ga’al Yisrael, for a shame resilience practice. . . .

שְׁמַע | Shema, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the second blessing prior to the Shema, the Birkat Ahavah, for a shame resilience practice. . . .

בִּרְכָּת אַהֲבַה | Ahava Rabbah, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the second blessing prior to the Shema, the Birkat Ahavah, for a shame resilience practice. . . .

יוֹצֵר אוֹר | Yotser Ohr, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the first blessing prior to the Shema, Yotser Ohr, for a shame resilience practice. . . .

בָּרוּךְ שֶׁאָמַר | Barukh she’Amar, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the prayer Barukh She’amar for a shame resilience practice. . . .

עָלֵינוּ לְשַׁבֵּחַ | Aleinu, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the prayer Aleinu for a shame resilience practice . . .

A Prayer of Gratitude Upon Receiving a COVID Vaccination, by Chaya Kaplan-Lester (2021)

A prayer of gratitude upon receiving a COVID vaccination. . . .

Prayer on Inauguration, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (the Shalom Center, 2021)

A prayer on being present in the moment of the inauguration of the 59th president of the United States. . . .

Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, by Rabbi Barry Block (2021)

A prayer for the government on a day of violent insurrection in the heart of American democracy. . . .

A Prayer for the United States of America Right Now, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor (2021)

A prayer for America on the day upon which right-wing militias carried out an insurrection upon the representative democratic institution of the United States. . . .

Memorial Day Prayer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 31 May 2021

Invocation for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Washington DC Vietnam War Veterans Memorial. . . .

Memorial Day Prayer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 25 May 2020

Invocation for a virtual Memorial Day ceremony at the Washington DC Vietnam War Veterans Memorial. . . .

A Prayer for our Country, its Leaders and its Citizens, by David Abernethy (2020)

A prayer for the United States, its leaders and government and its citizens — a personal response to things that were troubling me in the months before November’s election – in particular the level of divisiveness in our country, and what seemed to me to be a growing sense that it isn’t important to respect people we disagree with, and an ever more prevalent belief that we are entitled to decide for ourselves which rules to follow, and all that matters are own rights and our beliefs, not our responsibilities to one another. Inspired by the events of 2020 . . .

Benediction by Rabbi Lauren Berkun at the Democratic National Convention (2020)

The full text of Rabbi Lauren Berkun’s benediction offered at the end of the third day of the Democratic National Convention, 20 August 2020. . . .

Prayer for Every Voice to be Heard and All Votes to be Counted, by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann (2020)

A prayer for the day after the US day of elections that all votes be counted. . . .

Prayer for Our Nation [upon the Inauguration of Donald Trump], by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz (2017)

Because of my commitment to the integrity of prayer, starting this week, I can no longer recite or say amen to the Shabbat prayer for the success of the U.S. President. So I have drafted a new prayer that I will plan to recite each Shabbat morning. If you also feel it’s important to pray for the U.S. government but also feel you cannot pray for the success of this President, feel free to use this or adapt it as you please. I felt that it was not enough to simply avoid the U.S. President in the prayer for the government but to remind myself of the billions of vulnerable people who are at risk under his rule, and challenge myself each Shabbat to build up the strength for another week of spiritual resistance. . . .

Opening Prayer on the Significance of Washington’s Birthday, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

This opening prayer for Washington’s Birthday, “The Significance of the Day,” as first published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951). . . .

Closing Prayer for Washington’s Birthday, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

This closing prayer for Washington’s Birthday as first published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951). . . .

Opening Prayer on the Significance of Lincoln’s Birthday, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, J. Paul Williams, and Eugene Kohn (1951)

This opening prayer-essay for Lincoln’s Birthday, “The Significance of the Day,” was first published in The Faith of America: Readings, Songs, and Prayers for the Celebration of American Holidays (Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation 1951) — as preface to a number of readings selected by Mordecai Kaplan, Eugene Kohn, and J. Paul Williams for the day. . . .

Benediction by Rabbi Julie Schonfeld at the Democratic National Convention (2016)

The full text of Rabbi Julie Schonfeld’s benediction offered at the end of the first day of the Democratic National Convention, July 25th, 2016. . . .

Who Can’t Breathe? Three Outcries and a Prayer, by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (the Shalom Center 2021)

A prayer-poem by Rabbi Arthur Waskow in 2021 reflecting on our difficulty breathing, as a society, as humanity, and as a interconnected, interbreathing biosphere. . . .

I can’t breathe, We can’t breathe, Earth can’t breathe, a prayer-poem by Rabbi Arthur Waskow (the Shalom Center 2020)

A prayer-poem by Rabbi Arthur Waskow reflecting on our difficulty breathing, as a society, as humanity, and as a interconnected, interbreathing biosphere. . . .

Kavvanot for before and after Tashlikh, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

Two kavvanot, one for before and one for after casting away in a Tashlikh ritual. . . .

Benediction by Rabbi David Wolpe at the Democratic National Convention (2012)

The full text of Rabbi David Wolpe’s benediction offered at the end of the second day of the Democratic National Convention, September 6th, 2012. . . .

A Blessing for all our Children [at the Onset of the School Year], by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

A prayer for children on the first day of a new year of school. . . .

Prayer for Our Country [upon the Inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama], by Ilana Joy Streit (2009)

A prayer upon the inauguration of President Obama in January 2009. . . .

Prayer on Entering a New Habitation, by Rabbi Isaac Henry Myers of Ramsgate (1855)

A prayer on entering a new habitation or dedication for a new home by Rabbi Isaac Henry Myers of Ramsgate. . . .

על אלה אנו בוכים | Al eleh anu bokhim (For these we weep), a lamentation for humanity’s destruction of habitat and species, by Rabbi David Seidenberg (neohasid.org)

A ḳinnah for humanity’s willful, negligent, and callous destruction of habitat and species known and unknown. . . .

That Religion Be Not a Cloak for Hypocrisy, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

“That Religion Be Not a Cloak for Hypocrisy,” by Rabbi Mordecai Menaḥem Kaplan can be found on p. 435-5 of his The Sabbath Prayer Book (New York: The Jewish Reconstructionist Foundation, 1945). . . .

תפילה בתגובה למגפה | A Prayer in Response to the Coronavirus, by Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz (Valley Beit Midrash 2020)

A prayer offered in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus, by Rav Shmuly Yanklowitz (Valley Beit Midrash) . . .

Open, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

An opening prayer for divine communication and closeness. . . .

Invocation by Rabbi David Saperstein at the Democratic National Convention (2008)

The full text of Rabbi David Saperstein’s invocation offered on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, August 8th, 2008. . . .

Prayer for Yisrael and the Congregation, by Rabbi Joseph Miller (1927)

A prayer on behalf of one’s congregation and the worldwide community of Israelites. . . .

A Wife’s Prayer for Matrimonial Happiness, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer of a woman contemplating her relationship with her husband in marriage. . . .

A Widow’s Prayer, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer of a woman and mother who has lost her husband and is contemplating desperate circumstances. . . .

[Prayer] on the Anniversary of a Parent’s Death (יאָרצײַט‎), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer of a daughter for mourning on the yortseit of one or both of her parents. . . .

Prayer for the Evening of the Day of Atonement (נעילה), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer for a woman pleading for atonement in the final service of Yom Kippur at sunset. . . .

A Mini-Seliḥot, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

One small request to accompany the seliḥot service. . . .

Prayer for Shmini Atseret (שמיני עצרת), by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer for a woman celebrating Shmini Atseret. . . .

Prayer for the Feast of Purim, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer for a woman celebrating Purim. . . .

[Prayer] for the Last Days of Passover, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer for a woman celebrating the final days of Passover yontef. . . .

Prayer for a young maiden, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer of a “young maiden” — a girl before her bat mitsvah. . . .

Prayer After Safe Delivery [in Childbirth], by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer of a woman following the birth of her infant child. . . .

Prayer on the Approach of Childbirth, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer of a pregnant woman before she goes into labor. . . .

Prayer for an Orphan, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer of an orphan after the death of one or both of her parents. . . .

[Prayer] at a Mother’s Grave, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer for a daughter mounrning at the grave of her mother. . . .

[Prayer] at the Grave of a Child, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer for a woman mounrning at the grave of her child. . . .

[Prayer] at the Grave of a Brother or Sister, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer for a woman visiting the grave of her brother or sister. . . .

Prayer on the Ninth Day of Aḅ תשעה באב the anniversary of the destruction of Jerusalem, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for the 9th of Av, the anniversary of the destruction of Jerusalem. . . .

Night Prayer, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer before going to sleep at night. . . .

Meditations on the Life of Moses, Our Great Legislator, Appointed for the 7th Adar, the Anniversary of his Death, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A meditation on the life and person of Mosheh Rabbeinu for the 7th of Adar. . . .

Prayer on the New Moon, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A paraliturgical prayer for the New Moon on Rosh Ḥodesh. . . .

Prayer on the Sabbath Previous to the New Moon, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A paraliturgical prayer for the New Month offered on Shabbat Mevorkhim. . . .

Meditation on the Holy Sabbath, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer reflecting on the meaning of the Sabbath day. . . .

Prayer of a Mother on the Grave of Her Child, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a mother grieving over the death of her child. . . .

Prayer for Resignation Under Injuries, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a person suffering under grievous injuries and dying. . . .

Prayer for Salvation in the Future State (Olam haBa), by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a person dying and imagining their possible afterlife. . . .

Prayer on the Grave of a Sister, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a sister mourning at the grave of her sister. . . .

Prayer on the Grave of a Brother, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a sister mourning at the grave of her brother. . . .

Prayer for a Widow at the Grave of Her Husband, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a wife grieving over the death of her husband. . . .

Prayer of an Orphan, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a person who has lost their parent or parents. . . .

Prayer for the Sabbath, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for the Sabbath day. . . .

Prayer on Becoming Responsible as to Religious Duties, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for a young woman on her Bat Mitsvah on becoming responsible for observing her mitsvot. . . .

Prayer on the Day of Circumcision, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for a mother on the day of her son’s circumcision. . . .

Prayers Previous to Initiation on Attaining the Age of Twelve, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for a young woman on her Bat Mitsvah. . . .

Prayer on the Anniversary of the Death of a Parent (יאָרצײַט), by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of a daughter on the yahrzeit of her mother or father. . . .

Prayer for Parents, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer by a daughter on behalf of her parents. . . .

[Prayer] on a Birthday, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer of gratitude on a regular birthday. . . .

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Friday, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for the sixth day of the week. . . .

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Thursday, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for the fifth day of the week. . . .

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Wednesday, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for the fourth day of the week. . . .

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Tuesday, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for the third day of the week. . . .

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Monday, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer for the second day of the week. . . .

Morning Prayer, by Marcus Heinrich Bresslau (1852)

A prayer upon rising in the morning. . . .

Prayer for the Close of the Sabbath, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer for the Sabbath Day. . . .

Evening Prayer for Children, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A rhyming evening prayer in English for young Jewish children. . . .

Morning Prayer for Children, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A rhyming morning prayer in English for young Jewish children. . . .

A Prayer for Travel, by Rabbi Menachem Creditor

A traveler’s prayer in English, adapted from the traditional formula vt Rabbi Menachem Creditor. . . .

A blessing for you if you need one, from Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

On May 15th, 2018, Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg tweeted this blessing. . . .

Blessing for Myself and for You, by Kohenet Ilana Joy Streit

A poem-blessing for trailblazers of many kinds, to honor everyday courage and to inspire trust and self-compassion. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 23 October 2020

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 23 October 2020. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Seth Frisch on 5 February 2020

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 5 February 2020. . . .

Prayer for Patience and Strength in Adversity, by Rabbi Moritz Mayer (1866)

A prayer of a woman experiencing desperation under difficult circumstances. . . .

Memorial Day Prayer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 28 May 2018

A prayer offered by Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff at the Vietnam War Memorial on Memorial Day May 28th 2018. . . .

Invocation by Rabbi Ronne Friedman at the Democratic National Convention (2004)

The full text of Rabbi Ronne Friedman’s invocation offered on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, July 29th, 2004. . . .

Prayer on behalf of a sibling starting off on a journey, by Rabbi Abraham Burstein (1927)

A prayer for a sibling embarking on a journey to another land or lands. . . .

רִבּוֹן הָעוֹלָמִים | Ribon HaOlamim, a paraliturgical reflection by Rabbi Shoshana Meira Friedman

A paraliturgical reflection of the prayer Ribon haOlamim for a shame resilience practice. . . .