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A Prayer for the People of the Land

A Prayer for the People of the Land
By Rabbi Micah Streiffer and Rabbi Judy Schindler

As Jews, today we celebrate the anniversary of the secular date on which Israel’s Independence was declared, May 14, 1948.

On this day, seven decades ago, a modern day miracle was born. On this day, our people danced in the streets and cried tears of joy. “At last, we have come home: a people free in its land.”

western-wall-dome-rock-23617723On this day, once again, we rejoice in the success of the Jewish state. Her culture and technology; her wisdom and learning; the entrepreneurial spirit that inspires her to continue to build and grow.

And yet, we lament that our people’s joy has come at the expense of another people’s suffering. What Jews witnessed as a nes, a miracle, Palestinians called nakba, a catastrophe.

The midrash records that when the Israelites were freed from Egyptian slavery, as the advancing army drowned in the sea, the angels rejoiced. God called out to them, “How can you sing for joy when My creatures are suffering?”

Today, once again, we look upon our homeland with mixed emotions.

Joy commingled with sadness
Hope commingled with fear
Excitement commingled with trepidation.

An embassy moves. A country celebrates its milestone.
A people protests. Borders are threatened. Casualties mount.

Healing is longed for.

 

Mi shebeirach avoteinu v’imoteinu

May the one who blessed our ancestors

Avraham/Ibrahim

Hajar and Sara

Yitzhak and Isma’il

Hu y’varech et kol toshvei eretz kodsheinu

Please bless all the people who share our holy land

From Dan to Beer Sheva

From Ramla to Ramallah

From Al Quds to Hevron

From Yerushalayim to Al-Khalil

 

May they live in freedom.

May they know security.

May they enjoy sovereignty.

May they taste peace.

Amen.

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  1. Douglas Jones
    May 14, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Beautiful Rabbi Micah, beautiful.

    Shalom for all.

    Douglas (Meir) Jones, CNSA 704-301-3745

    On Mon, May 14, 2018 at 4:28 PM, Rabbi Micah Streiffer wrote:

    > mstreiffer posted: “A Prayer for the People of the Land By Rabbi Micah > Streiffer and Rabbi Judy Schindler As Jews, today we celebrate the > anniversary of the secular date on which Israel’s Independence was > declared, May 14, 1948. On this day, seven decades ago, a modern day” >

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