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A Prayer for Rosh Hodesh Sivan, 5773

May 10, 2013

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Our God and God of our ancestors,

We thank you for the cycle of life and the opportunities afforded to us by the calendar to mark the passage of time

Clashes Erupt At Women of The Wall Prayer Service in JerusalemWith the beginning of the new month of Sivan, we pray as we do daily for peace in the world and in our individuals lives

We pray that in the new month to come all of us will further develop our capacity to be better human beings seeking knowledge, sharing love and making this world a better place for all to live in. 

While we pray that we will be deserving of wisdom, we more importantly hope that we will be more humble in relations with others while never hesitating to seek  justice.  Help us to be more patient with and understanding of those with our fellow Jews and with Gentiles with whom we may have profound disagreements.

We pray that in spite of our faith and love for You, we will never become so presumptuous as to assume that we have a monopoly on understanding your mitzvot. 

_67529176_67529171As patient and loving as you were with our father Abraham when he pleaded with you to not destroy the good along with the wicked of Sodom and Gomorrah, may we be just as patient and tolerant of our Jewish brothers and sisters who regrettably feel compelled to insist that You and Torah and can only be understood through their eyes 

Just as no two snowflakes are alike we celebrate the diversity of humanity and recognize that every person is created in the Divine Image.

May the time come soon when every Jew will be allowed to practice Judaism in the land of our ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah according his or her own understanding of Torah.  May every Jew come to recognize and celebrate that being a Jew is a lot like taking a journey for which there is no single path that is better or holier than any other. Regardless of what route each of us may choose, may we have the emotional, spiritual and cognitive maturity to recognize that every road traveled in the hope of encountering You and building a better world is worthy of our respect. 

Amen

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One Comment leave one →
  1. linda freidenberg permalink
    May 10, 2013 3:58 PM

    Mitch,

    I really like this prayer.

    Thank you, Linda Freidenberg

    Sent from my iPad

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